With the regular season about to morph over into the playoffs, I wanted to take a quick look at the Sounders’ statistical leaders of 2010.
The highest local finisher among the league’s major statistical categories was Fredy Montero, who tied for fourth with four game-winning assists.
However, Montero dominated in team statistics. He shared the top spot in goal-scoring with Steve Zakuani, with 10 each. And Montero led the Sounders in assists, shots, shots on goal, fouls suffered and fouls committed.
“I’m proud to be able to do all of that,” Montero said through a translator. “But my teammates are also out there working really hard every day. I just try to do my best for the whole team and my best as a player.”
Here is what a few other Sounders’ statistical leaders had to say about their achievements:
Zakuani, co-leader in goals: “Ten goals from midfield is, I mean, you can’t ask for more than that. (But) I’m going to try to get better next season. … I feel I found myself more and more on this team, and I’ve cemented myself in this league as a good player. Last year I was a good young player, this year I just wanted to be a good player.”
James Riley, the team’s iron man with 2,418 minutes played: “Obviously, it’s satisfying. Personally it’s good — to be used so much is definitely good. I think I produced: played consistent, played solid. That’s all you can really ask for.”
Nathan Sturgis, who scored the team’s only converted penalty kick: “We haven’t had too much success, so I guess one was good enough. I think we probably should have had a PK in Houston, so I thought I might get a second. But it was good to get that opportunity.”
As a club, the Sounders led the league in fouls suffered, and broke their own MLS home attendance record by drawing 36,173 per game.