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Player Profile: Sammy Ochoa

After a few years as a deep reserve in Mexico Ochoa started to show in games the promise that had him on the United States U-20 and U-23 teams.


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
Position Forward Role Target Forward
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
10 4 205 1 1 1.32
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
8 7 558 7 1 2.42!!
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
7 7 582 3 3 1.39
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Net Shot Rate Team
Net Duel Rate Team
51.9 19th DNQ -- -3.81 24th

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
19 ?? 20 Sammy Ochoa
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

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