In his first year with the Seattle Sounders Sammy Ochoa was a bit out-of-shape, infrequently used and the subject of much snark online. The 2012 season started the same way, but ended differently. He is now a non-league All Star.
|#20 - Sammy Ochoa (Nickname: Sammy Sounder, Whale Shark)|
|National Affiliation||United States||Age||26|
|Years Pro||6||Years Sounder||2|
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Sammy Ochoa's best year as a pro could wind up hidden. His success in non-league games will be unnoticed by some, but for the diehards there is little doubt that in lesser competitions there are few players better than Ochoa.
Skills on offense: Calm in front of the net and a decent finisher. Soft feet developing over time for a decent first touch in traffic. Plays a bit smaller than his size, so hold up play isn't quite what you would expect. Not a great passer, but can have moments. Sometimes drifts wider than expected.
Skills on defense: With his size you would expect stronger marking on set-plays. Not a runner defensively, will instead prepare to receive ball when it is won back.
Best Case 2013: If he can bring his success in non-league play into the regular season he will be the third forward with many minutes.
|2012 Player Profiles|
|21||Alvaro Fernandez||22||Servando Carrasco|
|23||Cordell Cato||24||Roger Levesque|
|25||Bryan Meredith||26||Mike Seamon|
|27||Marcus Hahnemann||28||Andrew Weber|
|29||Josh Ford||30||Christian Sivebaek|
|31||Andrew Duran||32||Daniel Steres|
|33||Michael Tetteh||34||Babayele Sodade|