Three players for the Seattle Sounders were nominated for three end-of-the-year awards from the 2018 MLS regular season. They were Chad Marshall (MLS Defender of the Year), Stefan Frei (MLS Goaltender of the Year), and Osvaldo Alonso (MLS Comeback Player of the Year).
Marshall has won the MLS Defender of the Year three times before in 2008 and 2009 with the Columbus Crew SC and in 2014 with the Sounders. He is up against Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls and Michael Parkhurst of Atlanta United. In 2018, Marshall had four goals and one assist for five points. He had 19 shots and five shots on goal.
Frei, a native of Switzerland, will try to become the second European goaltender in the history of Major League Soccer to win the MLS goalkeeper of the year award. The first was Jimmy Nielsen of Denmark, who won the award while with Sporting Kansas City in 2012. Frei is up against Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls and Zack Steffen of the Columbus Crew. Frei had a record of 18 wins, 10 losses and five draws during the 2018 MLS regular season. He also had seven shutouts and a sizzling goals against average of 1.03.
Alonso, a Cuban midfielder, had a torn medial collateral ligament and another knee injury with the Sounders in 2017. He bounced back in 2018 and led the MLS in passing accuracy at 92.11% percent. Alonso is up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the LA Galaxy and Gyasi Zardes of the Crew. In 25 games with Seattle in 2018, Alonso had three assists, 13 shots and two shots on goal.
Five players have been nominated for the Landon Donovan MLS most valuable player of the year award. They are Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney of D.C. United, Carlos Vela of LAFC and Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez of Atlanta United.