Here are the Sounders’ list of 2015 club honorees:
Seattle Sounders FC today announced its 2015 club award recipients, as voted on by the Sounders FC technical staff and players. Obafemi Martins was voted Sounders FC Most Valuable Player and won the club's Golden Boot as its top scorer, Stefan Frei is the club's Defender of the Year and Brad Evans was named Humanitarian of the Year.
Sounders FC Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot - Obafemi Martins
Martins followed-up his 2014 team MVP season with another standout campaign, leading the club with 15 goals (ninth in MLS) to accompany his six assists. Martins finished third in MLS with 0.71 goals-per-game and first in the league with 66.7% shots-on-goal percentage, registering a goal or assist in 15 of his 21 regular season appearances. His scoring percentage of 35.7% ranked first in MLS, and Martins became the first player in league history to score 15 goals on fewer than 45 shots. The Nigerian was integral to the club's late-season resurgence, recording six goals and two assists during Seattle's eight-match unbeaten run to finish the 2015 regular season.
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Sounders FC Defender of the Year - STEFAN FREI
In his second season between the posts for Sounders FC, Frei had the best campaign of his career to date, leading a defense that tied for the fewest goals allowed in MLS. The Swiss netminder set new career highs in saves (111) and shutouts (10), as well as career-best marks with 33 goals allowed and a 1.08 goals-against-average (for a season with at least 25 appearances). Despite missing three-and-a-half games with a shoulder injury, Frei finished in the top five in nearly every goalkeeping category, including fourth in goals against average, third in saves, fourth in shutouts and first in saves percentage with a mark of 77.1%. The 29-year-old allowed multiple goals in just seven of his 31 regular season appearances, including holding opponents to one goal or fewer in each of the club's eight unbeaten matches to end the season. He also became just the eighth goalkeeper in MLS history to accumulate 14 wins, 10 shutouts and 110 saves in a single season.
SOUNDERS FC Humanitarian of the Year - BRAD EVANS
The Sounders FC captain championed community efforts both personally and through relationships with club partners. He participated in the Men in Kilts campaign for the third-straight year, helping to raise over $83,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle. Evans also contributed to September's 30 in 30 initiative to raise cancer awareness by working with the Austen Everett Foundation, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and he took part in the club's Breast Cancer Awareness calendar, benefitting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Seattle. Evans also helped in the team's United in Green efforts to positively impact local children throughout the season, and through his relationship with Chipotle, has hosted a fundraiser for the Seattle Humane Society. Evans finished second to Columbus Crew SC's Kei Kamara for 2015 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year.