Player Details


Sammy Ochoa


6' 0"


194 lbs

Date of Birth

9.4.1986 (34)


Morelia, Mexico


2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary
  • 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.”

How Acquired:
Selected through MLS Allocation process. Signed on August 26, 2011.

Previous Clubs:
Estudiante Tecos (Mexico, 2006-11)

MLS Experience:

  • 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.

Professional Experience:

  • 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.

International Experience:
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.



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