- Third on team with eight goals in all competitions.
- Played five seasons in Mexican first division.
- Coach Sigi Schmid: “Sammy is a good back-to-goal player and a good finisher around the box.”
Selected through MLS Allocation process. Signed on August 26, 2011.
Estudiante Tecos (Mexico, 2006-11)
- 2012: Made a career-high nine appearances with four starts in regular-sea- son play with one goal and one assist. Scored first MLS goal of the season in 6-2 win at CHV (8/25). Recorded first-career MLS assist vs. SJ (9/22) and made first-career MLS start at SJ (8/11). Scored eight goals across all competitions, ranking third on the team. Scored a goal in all four 2012-13 CCL games, ranking second in the tournament.
- 2011: Scored two goals in four MLS appearances, including first career goals vs. SJ (10/15) and diving header at CHV (10/22). Made first start in WCSF at RSL (10/29) and debut at VAN (9/24). Signed with Seattle late in the season after being selected in MLS Allocation process.
- 2006-11: Played past five seasons at Mexico’s Estudiantes Tecos in Guadalajara. Made over 20 appearances for club before signing with MLS on August 24, 2011.
Member of Sigi Schmid’s U.S. Team at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, making four appearances. Later was part of the U.S. U-23 National Team in the friendlies played prior to the 2008 Olympic Games.
Born in Mexico, Ochoa later moved to Riverside, Calif. and attended Riverside Poly High School. He is a U.S. citizen. Ochoa signed with Tecos in 2006. Jesus Ochoa, Sammy’s older brother, played for Schmid while with the Galaxy. He later played for Chivas USA.