Best XI: Who are the best midfielders in Seattle Sounders FC history?

As part of our “Celebrating 10 Years in MLS” campaign, SoundersFC.com has launched a Best XI campaign where fans have the opportunity to vote for the club’s all-time MLS starting lineup. The voting is weighted with four sets of voting contingents: Fans (25 percent), Media (25 percent), Club Stakeholders (25 percent) and Alliance Council (25 percent), with the final Best XI to be revealed on Wednesday, July 10.


The third voting group to determine our Best XI: Midfielders (May 29 - June 5).

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Candidates

Osvaldo Alonso 2009 - 2018
Micheal Azira 2014 - 2015
Handwalla Bwana 2018 - Present
Servando Carrasco 2011 - 2013
Alex Caskey 2012- 2013
Cordell Cato 2012
Jordy Delem 2017 - Present
Magnus Wolff Eikrem 2018
Brad Evans 2009 - 2017
Michael Farfan 2016
Álvaro Fernández 2010 - 2012, 2016 - 2017
Erik Friberg 2011, 2015 - 2016
Blair Gavin 2013
Andreas Ivanschitz 2015 - 2016
Shalrie Joseph 2013
Stephen King 2009 - 2010
Aaron Kovar 2014 - 2017
Freddie Ljungberg 2009 - 2010
Nicolás Lodeiro 2016 - Present
Phillip Lund 2013
Calum Mallace 2017
Zach Mathers 2017
Mario Martínez 2012 - 2013
Adam Moffat 2013
Miguel Montaño 2010 - 2011
Sanna Nyassi 2009 - 2010
Marco Pappa 2014 - 2015
Fabio Pereira 2014
Gonzalo Pineda 2014 - 2015
Víctor Rodríguez 2017 - Present
Alex Roldan 2018 - Present
Cristian Roldan 2015 - Present
Mauro Rosales 2011 - 2013
Andy Rose 2012 - 2015
Amadou Sanyang 2011 - 2012
Mike Seamon 2010 - 2012
Harry Shipp 2017 - Present
Christian Sivebaek 2012
Nathan Sturgis 2009 - 2010, 2016
Gustav Svensson 2017 - Present
Thomás 2015
Michael Tetteh 2011 - 2012
Christian Tiffert 2012
Peter Vagenas 2009 - 2010
Henry Wingo 2017 - Present
Steve Zakuani 2009 - 2013

Highlights

The longtime face of the franchise and the club leader in MLS games played, Osvaldo Alonso is arguably the best defensive midfielder in league history. The former Sounders captain was a constant in the midfield and helped Seattle win four U.S. Open Cups, a Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup.

Nicolás Lodeiro stormed onto the Major League Soccer scene in 2016, arriving over the summer and helping lead the Sounders to one of the league’s most incredible turnarounds en route to lifting MLS Cup. In less than three years, Lodeiro has already become the club’s all-time assist leader and is one of the hardest working and most effective playmaking No. 10s in MLS.

Argentine playmaker Mauro Rosales racked up 12 goals and 34 assists in 86 matches from 2011-13. He is second all-time in assists, only behind Lodeiro, and was a driving force behind Seattle’s success.

Another face of the franchise and MLS original, Brad Evans is second all-time in games played, only behind Alonso. The former Sounders captain spent time in midfield and defense and, like Alonso, helped the club win six major trophies. He finished his Sounders career with 20 goals and 27 assists in 200 matches.

Now in his fifth professional season at just 23, Cristian Roldan is already fifth all-time in Sounders appearances among field players. The University of Washington product has solidified himself as one of the emerging domestic stars in MLS and has played his way onto the United States national team. He has recorded 17 goals and 17 assists in 135 matches from his box-to-box midfield role.

Steve Zakuani was one of the most electric wingers in the league from the moment he stepped on the field. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Zakuani scored 17 goals and added 17 assists in 97 matches from 2009-13. His career was cut short due to injury, but when healthy, few were more dangerous on the ball 1-v-1.

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