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Soroosh Abdi (born July 14, 1989) is an American lawyer and sports agent who has represented professional athletes in the sport of soccer.

Early life and education

Abdi was born in Los Angeles, California. At a young age, he moved to Seattle, Washington where he attended Henry M. Jackson High School. Abdi then studied at the University of Washington, where he received a degree in Law, Societies and Justice. Upon graduating, he chose to attend the Seattle University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 2014.[1]

High-profile negotiations

Abdi began representing professional soccer players whilst still a law student. His first client was 2013 MLS Draft pick Anthony Arena. Abdi's major accolade as a sports agent in Major League Soccer is when he negotiated a four-year $12.8 million contract with the Seattle Sounders for his client, star soccer player Obafemi Martins.[1] This deal placed Martins into the top 10 paid players in MLS at the time.[2][3] In 2016, Abdi negotiated the transfer and signing of Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Greenland Shenua of the Chinese Super League.[4] It was reported that Martins was guaranteed to make 6.6 million dollars for the 2016 season.[5]

Abdi again negotiated a significant deal for Obafemi Martins, extending his contract with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of 2017. It was reported that this deal was worth $9 million for the 2017 season.Template:Fix/category[citation needed]

In 2016, Abdi also represented the number two draft pick, Joshua Yaro. Abdi secured for Yaro what was one of the highest valued Generation Adidas contracts in MLS history.[1][6][7]

References

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  2. "SoccerAmerica - MLS's top 20 highest-paid players 05/06/2013". www.socceramerica.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "How The 10 Highest-Paid Players In Major League Soccer Compare To Other Sports". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Obafemi Martins leaves MLS for Chinese Super League". BBC Sport. 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "MLS news and notes: Details begin to emerge about Obafemi Martins' move to China". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Philadelphia Union select Joshua Yaro with No. 2 pick in the 2016 MLS Super Draft". mlssoccer. mlssoccer. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2016-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "It's official: Georgetown's Josh Yaro is going to MLS". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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