Ochoa Lands With Seattle

Ochoa Lands With Seattle

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 26, 2011
  • 2011 Allocation Order, Sammy Ochoa

The Seattle Sounders FC have landed a new striker to help out with their big schedule. The club has signed striker Sammy Ochoa via the allocation system today.

Ochoa was recently with Tecos in Mexico and signed with the league earlier this week. The former U-20 national team member played under Sigi Schmid and was even with the club during the summer training.

Seattle traded up in the allocation order with Chicago to sign Ochoa too. Seattle was at the number seven post, which Chicago at number four. Chicago will receive a 3rd Round pick in next year’s SuperDraft as compensation for the deal.

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Chivas USA, Toronto FC and the Houston Dynamo all passed on Ochoa. Seattle wanted to make this move because the allocation order resets the same day as the roster freeze (Sept. 15).

We shouldn’t be shocked at all by seeing Chivas USA pass on yet another player in the allocation system. They’ve held on the top spot for the majority of the season now and have no made any indication that they were willing to use it. Ochoa won’t gardner a top salary like a Benny Feilhaber or a Freddy Adu either so this move clear means the club does not want to spend. Plus, let’s us not forget they just had to take on Juan Pablo Angel’s salary too (or at least some of it).

  • USMNT allocation spot equals a 3rd round draft pick? Wow. Hey Chicago, I got some swamp land in FL to sell you. Obviously you’ll buy anything!

    • For an out of contract guy that was only on the U20 national side, yes, its worth a 3rd round pick. Don’t expect Ochoa to have a big time salary in this league.

  • Jason

    I think CUSA’s holding out with the hope that Eddie Johnson crawls back to MLS. Ochoa has proven nothing and would be depth at best. EJ could step right into CUSA’s starting XI and make a difference.