2014 Season Preview Predictions - Offensive Player of the Year

Who will fuel the fires of CenturyLink? - USA TODAY Sports

Seattle's attack shifted significantly - EJ is gone, Mauro is gone, Zakuani is gone. The 2014 offense is going to be based on men with short histories as Sounders. Who will carry that load the most?

The past post-season Sounder at Heart Award winners in the attack are all gone. Once upon a time Seattle Sounders FC was known for playing strong attacking soccer, putting up goals as one of the best in the league. In 2013 they did not do that. They were a below average offense (measured by goals scored or opportunities created).

The offseason rework brought in several players that could power an attack. Two other attacking players that ended the season will be here for the for the full season.

A poll of the staff at Sounder at Heart shows the shift in hopes for the new offense. Six of twelve respondents expect Obafemi Martins to win the 2014 award. Clint Dempsey gets five votes. Even Lamar Neagle earned a single vote.

But the attack is not limited to those men. Marco Pappa is a hybrid assist/scorer and clearly the starter on the left (a place where Seattle once saw many goals from Zakuani & Fernandez). Kenny Cooper has three seasons of double digit goals and twice has scored more than any Seattle player netted in a single MLS season.

Brad Evans is good for five goals a year, but could he have another surge in talent displayed?

The 2014 attacks is quite varied. It is going from a weak point to an expected strength. Two or three players could net 10 or more goals. Several others should be expected to get five or more. Pappa and Dempsey can be strong assist man.

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