The 2011 Sounders were the top-scoring team in MLS with 56 regular-season goals – six more than runners-up Kansas City and New York, and eight more than MLS Cup-winner Los Angeles.
The 2012 Sounders return four of that team’s top five goal-scorers: Fredy Montero (12), Alvaro Fernandez (nine), Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales (five each). The only absence is Lamar Neagle (five.)
The club also returns its top four assists providers: Rosales (13), Montero (nine), Evans (five) and Osvaldo Alonso (three). Now, off-season acquisition Eddie Johnson has been added to the mix. And preseason results indicate David Estrada could blossom into enough of an offensive threat to at least provide depth and offset the loss of Neagle and forward Mike Fucito.
There also is hope that Steve Zakuani will recover from his massive leg injuries enough to contribute by summer. However, O’Brian White remains on the disabled list, and there are indications that the club is planning for a future without him.