Obafemi Martins Will Be Catalyst For Seattle Sounders Attack This Season
“Oba does what Oba does.” Those were the words of Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid after the Sounders 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday. Martins was paired up top with newly acquired forward Kenny Cooper for this match. Both played exceptionally well and Cooper looks like he will fit in well with the Sounders offense this season.
Martins scored both of the goals in the Sounders preseason victory, proving that the team is ready for action and is taking their preseason games seriously. Entering his second season in the league, the Nigerian international is doing wonders for his reputation in MLS–scored eight goals last season in 16 appearances for the Sounders.
Scoring goals is something that comes natural to Martins, especially in some of the world’s biggest leagues. Before making the jump to MLS, Martins played in Serie A, the English Premier League and German Bundesliga. He has also scored twice in three UEFA Europa League matches.
MLS has been tremendously benefited by the continuous influx in international players that have consistently brought their talents to the league in the past five seasons. Martins is one of the latest examples of this movement, proving that players of high caliber talent want to play in America.
The Sounders are already a favorite to return to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2014, but questions were being asked of them as the team made an unexpected and rather embarrassing first-round exit this past season.
Martins is more than capable of carrying the majority of the Sounders scoring this season. Having a talented and speedy supporting cast will come in handy as Seattle looks to see what Martins can produce in his first full season in MLS.