Seattle Sounders Should Take Didier Drogba Over Obafemi Martins

By Giancarlo Santoro
Didier Drogba
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If Twitter transfer news is anything to go by, then Ivorian international Didier Drogba could be on his way to MLS, with the Seattle Sounders being the rumored destination. Nothing is concrete as of yet, as the Sounders like to keep big news under wraps, but if true, the Sounders may be adding one of Europe’s most powerful and experienced central forwards to an already strong roster.

The deal for Drogba would occur at the end of the Turkish season, and if he were to join the Sounders, he would most likely be a designated player, meaning one of the current DP’s of Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Osvaldo Alonso would have to leave the club. Seeing as the Sounders only recently acquired Dempsey, and because Alonso has been a mainstay since day one, the odd man out is surely Martins.

At 36 years old, Drogba currently plays for Turkish side Galatasaray, where he helped lead the team to first place in last year’s Süper Lig, as well as a spot in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. The big Ivorian is probably best known for his time at Chelsea FC in England’s Premier League, where he won two titles with Jose Mourinho during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, as well as the 2012 Champions League final with Roberto Di Matteo.

With the loss of Eddie Johnson to DC United, and Martins’ desire to continue his career in Europe, Drogba would be the perfect replacement for the Sounders’ No. 9. The Nigerian’s conduct and attitude make it seem like he made a mistake by coming to MLS at only 29, and it is possible that he wants to return to European competition. Plagued by injuries last season, Martins only scored eight goals in 20 appearances and looked frustrated up front. Martins was pushing for a loan move during the January transfer window, and Sounders fans created the slogan, “Where in the world is Obafemi,” after the forward left Seattle to enjoy his time off.

Although much older than Martins, Drogba is a better, more experienced player, and is the top scorer and captain of one of Africa’s best teams, the Ivory Coast National Team. Never afraid to challenge for headers both offensively and defensively, one of Drogba’s strengths is utilizing his height to win aerial battles, and the big Ivorian is known for his impressive heading ability.

If the Sounders are willing to part ways with Martins and acquire Drogba, they could transform themselves into one of the most feared offenses in MLS. Despite being on the wrong side of 30, Drogba still has a lot to give, and defenders will have fits trying to cope with his size and ability. This is all wishful thinking, of course, as rumors usually are — but one thing is for certain, Drogba would look great in rave green.

Giancarlo Santoro is a soccer writer for, “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google.

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