Let’s take a look at my Top 5 Sounders Soccer Players of All Time!
The Seattle Sounders has reinvented itself three times over the past four decades and are about as steeped in soccer tradition as you can find.
A myriad of players have passed through the gates of the Emerald City, leaving their mark on the Seattle soccer scene for years to come.
Possibly the most recognized player for the Sounders is current Tottenham Hotspur manager of Henry “Harry” Redknapp.
The Londoner joined Seattle as a player coach in 1976 and made 24 appearances over a four year span, helping the team all the way to the Division Championship where they lost to the Minnesota Kicks of the NASL.
Then there’s Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear who helped lift the Sounders to an A-League Championship in 1995, scoring the winning penalty kick.
But as impressive as that may seem, keeper Marcus Hahnemann did everything but stand on his head while registering a .57 GAA in fourteen games in his debut season with the Sounders.
Just two years later in 1996, he topped that performance by keeping eleven clean sheets and making 119 saves en route to a second league championship in as many seasons.
During his time with Seattle, former USA World Cup player Brian Ching was ranked second in the A-League in scoring and was selected as a member of the 2001 A-League All-League team after scoring 19 goals in 31 league matches
If not for injuries, Maykel Galindo could have been one of the biggest impact players to ever wear a Sounders jersey. The Cuban forward scored five goals, including the equalizer in the 2005 USL First Division Championship Game before being traded to Chivas USA.
Saving the best for last, Sounders all-time leading goalscorer Fredy Montero, by far has to be number one on our top five list. The Columbian footballer has played in a franchise-high 80 matches, netting 28 goals including nine in nine preseason games in 2008-09.