The Seattle Sounders officially waived Sammy Ochoa on Wednesday, the latest sign that the forward had fallen well down the depth chart.It was just a year ago that Ochoa was a key part in the Sounders' ability to compete in multiple tournaments, scoring eight goals across all competitions. With the Sounders bowing out of the U.S. Open Cup after just one match and not qualifying for CONCACAF Champions League, Ochoa found playing time hard to come by this year.
Although Ochoa had appeared on the gameday roster as recently as Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids, he hadn't played in a league match since March 30. The last time he played at all was on May 28, when the Sounders lost to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the third round of the Open Cup. It probably wasn't helping his case any further that he had yet to score in 281 Reserve League minutes, while younger players like Eriq Zavaleta and Will Bates have consistently been praised for their efforts.
"He hasn't been as productive, he hasn't had the opportunities because we haven't had as may games," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after training.
Schmid added that the move was "in preparation for maybe doing something else."
Who "something else" might be is really anyone's guess. This leaves the Sounders with 28 players on their roster, although they do have a couple more open roster spots due to having players on the disabled list. But this would allow them to add two more players without having to worry about further moves once the injured players become active.
Adrian Hanauer did say on the latest episode of Nos Audietis that the team was hoping to add as many as two more players, suggesting one might be on defense and the other a midfielder.