Obed Vargas

Obed Vargas

Country: USA/Mexico

Date of birth: 05/08/2005 (16 years old)

Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska (USA)

Height: 175cm

Youth career: Cook Inlet Soccer Club, Seattle Sounders (since 2019)

Current club: Seattle Sounders

Squad number: 73

Current national team: USA U-20

Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 175.000 €

Tournaments participated in: —

Contract until: 31.12.2025

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Luka Modrić


– pace

– passing

– vision

– technique

– ball control

– tackling

– work rate

– determination 

– creativity 

– dribbling 


– physical strength/player with small frame who doesn’t feel comfortable in contact situations

– takes too much risk sometimes and can lose the ball in the dangerous areas/lack of experience

Style of play:

– roaming playmaker

– has all the qualities to play as a deep-lying orchestrator/regista as well

– superb pace, agility, flair, and coordination

– player with very good technical ability, mobility, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, and fast direction shifts in possession

– well-rounded, hard-working team player

– knows how to dictate tempo using his good vision, passing ability at all distances, and natural technique to create dynamism on the team’s build-up process

– intelligent and creative player, who finds the space well between the lines

– likes to play short passes

– likes to come a little bit deeper to get ball and dictate tempo

– dynamic and mobile player who always tries to find a vertical option in his game

– has the vision and ability to make some good assist/through/killer passes into the box

– his stamina, determination, agility, and pace enable him to cover a lot of ground ground

– very comfortable on the ball, with a willingness to play and receive passes along the ground

– constantly asking for the ball and often is an additional passing option

– often uses his low center of gravity, flair, and agility to wriggle free from bigger opponents

– very good composure and retention skills under pressure/press-resistant player

– aggressive and tenacious tackler

– good reaction to the loss of the ball with good aggressive attitude and good recovery of his position

– all-action and energetic

Vargas shows his vision and plays a brilliant through ball to his teammate.
Under pressure Vargas makes a Xavi 360 turn and provides a good pass to his teammate.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Central midfielder in 4-3-3.



League summary (as for 22 March 2022):

USL Championship 2021: 28 games/0 goals (Tacoma Defiance)

MLS 2021: 1 game/0 goals (Seattle)

MLS 2022: (ongoing): 4 games/0 goals (Seattle)


Obed Vargas joined Seattle Sounders youth academy from Cook Inlet Soccer Club in 2019. After spending two years in the academy, he was sent on loan to Sounders’ affiliate side, Tacoma Defiance. He made his senior debut for Tacoma Defiance on 10 May 2021 in the USL Championship game against LA Galaxy II. He made his MLS and first-team debut for Sounders on 22 July 2021 in a game against Austin FC.


Football Talent Scout potential rating:


First team material in a top European club.




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