Best XI: Who are the best forwards 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 fourth and final voting group to determine our Best XI: Forwards (June 6 - June 12).

Candidates

Seyi Adekoya 2017 - 2018
Oalex Anderson 2016
Chad Barrett 2014 - 2015
Will Bates 2013
Tristan Bowen 2014
Will Bruin 2017 - Present
Felix Chenkam 2018
Kenny Cooper 2014 - 2015
Andy Craven 2016
Clint Dempsey 2013 - 2018
David Estrada 2010 - 2014
Kevin Forrest 2009
Mike Fucito 2009 - 2011
Herculez Gomez 2016
Nate Jaqua 2009 - 2011
Eddie Johnson 2012 - 2013
Darwin Jones 2015 - 2016
Sébastien Le Toux 2009
Roger Levesque 2009 - 2012
Victor Mansaray 2015 - 2017
Obafemi Martins 2013 - 2015
Fredy Montero 2009 - 2012
Jordan Morris 2016 - Present
Lamar Neagle 2009, 2011, 2014 - 2015, 2017 - 2018
Blaise Nkufo 2010 - 2011
Pat Noonan 2010 - 2011
Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez 2019 - Present
Sammy Ochoa 2011 - 2013
Sean Okoli 2014
Kevin Parsemain 2014 - 2015
Raúl Ruidíaz 2018 - Present
Jarrod Smith 2009
Babayele Sodade 2012
Nelson Valdez 2015 - 2016
Cam Weaver 2014
O'Brian White 2011 - 2012

Highlights

Arguably the greatest talent ever produced by the United States, Clint Dempsey retired in 2018 tied for the Sounders’ lead in MLS regular-season goals scored with 47 and third in assists with 28. Deuce became one of the faces of the franchise after his arrival from Tottenham in 2013 and won the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, 2014 Supporters’ Shield and 2016 MLS Cup. After being sidelined for an irregular heartbeat that shut down his 2016 season, he stormed back in 2017 to lead the Sounders to back-to-back Western Conference titles and win 2017 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

Tied with Dempsey atop the Sounders’ goalscoring charts with 47, Fredy Montero solidified himself as one of the best forwards in Major League Soccer when he arrived from Colombia for Seattle’s inaugural MLS season in 2009. All he did was score 60 goals in all competitions, finish second all-time in club history in assists with 34 and win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles from 2009-11.

Perhaps the most electrifying player in club history, Obafemi Martins was must-see TV. Despite only playing in 72 matches across three seasons, Martins finished his time in Seattle second in club history in goals with 40 and added 23 assists. The former Nigeria international was a two-time MLS All-Star and led the Sounders to the 2014 U.S. Open Cup and 2014 Supporters’ Shield.

Lamar Neagle had four separate stints with the Sounders from 2009-18 and racked up 28 goals in 130 appearances. The Federal Way, Wash., native won the 2009 U.S. Open Cup, the 2011 U.S. Open Cup, the 2014 U.S. Open Cup and the 2014 Supporters’ Shield.

One of the most hyped Homegrown signings in MLS history, Jordan Morris has scored 19 goals in 69 appearances for the Sounders including 12 in his rookie campaign en route to winning 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2016 MLS Cup. Morris missed the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL, but has come back with a vengeance in 2019, scoring four goals and adding an assist in 12 matches.

Since his arrival in summer 2018, Raúl Ruidíaz has been a revelation for Seattle. He helped lead the Sounders to an MLS-record nine straight wins last season and finished with 10 goals in 13 starts. He has 15 career regular-season goals in just 20 starts and added three more goals in two postseason matches last season. He’s averaging a blistering 0.84 Goals Per Game with the Sounders in all competitions.