Ex-US youth international Sammy Ochoa signs MLS deal

NEW YORK — Major League Soccer confirmed on Wednesday that former US youth international Sammy Ochoa has signed on with the league, and that his new MLS club will be determined by Friday via the allocation rankings.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old was a forward for Estudiantes Tecos last season and is currently out of contract. The Mexican-American, who attended Riverside Poly High School near Los Angeles, debuted for Tecos back in February 2006 and scored just three goals over the course of several seasons of spot duty.

Ochoa, whose older brother Jesús played for the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA, trialed with Seattle in early June and scored a goal for the Sounders in a Reserve League victory over the Galaxy.

The Mexican-born striker played for the USA and manager Sigi Schmid at the 2005 Under-20 World Cup and featured for Peter Nowak's US Under-23 side in the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As in the case of Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Kenny Cooper (Portland Timbers), Charlie Davies (D.C. United), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), US national team pool players returning from spells abroad are subject to the allocation rankings, which is a pecking order determined by the reverse finish of the previous season, including playoff performance. The rankings are reset at the end of each league campaign.

Once a club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list, which currently reads as follows:

MLS ALLOCATION RANKING  (as of Aug. 24, 2011)

1) Chivas USA

2) Houston Dynamo

3) Toronto FC

4) Chicago Fire

5) Sporting Kansas City

6) Seattle Sounders

7) Columbus Crew

8) New York Red Bulls

9) Real Salt Lake

10) San Jose Earthquakes

11) LA Galaxy

12) FC Dallas

13) Colorado Rapids

14) Vancouver Whitecaps

15) Portland Timbers

16) D.C. United

17) New England Revolution

18) Philadelphia Union


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