Seattle Sounders announce deal done for Obafemi Martins
Seattle Sounders has signed Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins, the club announced today.
Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed. He will occupy Seattle's third and final Designated Player slot.
"This move is consistent with our promise to the fans." said Majority Owner Joe Roth. "Our supporters are the best in Major League Soccer and deserve a team that competes each and every year. Obafemi is an electrifying talent who has international experience at the highest level."
Martins, 28, played 12 seasons in Europe's top leagues, including five seasons with Inter Milan of Italy's Serie A and three seasons for English Premier League side Newcastle United. Martins has 103 goals in 316 appearances, and has 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Nigeria National Team, including two games in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
"We are thrilled to welcome Obafemi to our family," said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. "Winning trophies continues to be the focus of our club. Martins is an impact player who we hope will help us reach the ultimate goal."