Sammy Ochoa heads to Seattle

Sammy Ochoa heads to Seattle

Published Aug. 26, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

The Seattle Sounders FC have acquired American forward Sammy Ochoa through the Major League Soccer allocation process.

The Sounders announced the acquisition on Friday. Ochoa was acquired after Seattle traded a 2012 third-round MLS SuperDraft pick to Chicago in order to move up in the allocation process.

The 24-year-old Ochoa signed with MLS earlier this week after spending the past five seasons playing for Mexico's Estudiantes Tecos. He trained with the Sounders in June and played in a reserve league game.

Ochoa also played for Seattle coach Sigi Schmid in 2005 at the FIFA under-20 World Cup.


“We're happy to have Sammy join our team because it gives us a little more depth at forward. He did well when he was here on his trial. Now it's just a matter of getting him fit and getting his game legs and he could help us,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said.

Seattle also announced that goalkeeper Terry Boss has been called in by Puerto Rico for a pair of World Cup qualifying matches next week against St. Kitts and Canada.