Obafemi Martins

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Major Link Soccer: Save the Crew unveil open letter to MLS leadership

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Oba's still doing Oba things

Seattle:

These playoffs have illustrated Clint Dempsey's immense desire for a MLS cup, and regardless of how Seattle's cup defense ends, he'll keep things interesting.

This may sound familiar: a crucial Obafemi Martins' strike has lead his team to a lead in the first leg of China's FA Cup final.

Major Link Soccer: Obafemi Martins’ advice for DeAndre Yedlin

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The striker had some career tips for the defender. Also, MLS: Miami stretches into the next decade, and why the Premier League needs playoffs.

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Two more high-profile head injuries during recent matches once again call into question MLS' concussion protocol. Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges (the two Dallas players collided with eachother) and Yamil Assad were all allowed to re-enter their matches shortly after they suffered hard knocks to the head, and everyone from Taylor Twellman to the Portland Timbers doctor have questions.

Everything Sounders fans need to know to be ready for 2016

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17 weeks ago the Sounders MLS season ended. This is what's changed.

It was about four months ago that the Seattle Sounders were eliminated from the 2015 MLS playoffs. Much has changed since then, and if you weren't paying close attention to the offseason, you probably missed quite a bit.

But never fear, Sounder at Heart is here to catch you up everything you need to know to impress your seatmates and that random person at the bar to get you ready for the 2016 season.

MLS Ticker: Van der Vaart, Martins, TAG Heuer partnership and more

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The field has reportedly been narrowed for the services of a Dutchman, while MLS announced a new partnership on Monday.

Sporting Kansas City has once again beenreported as the potential destination for Rafael van der Vaart, who currently plies his trade in La Liga for Real Betis. The report says the 33-year-old Dutch midfielder is ready to move on from the club.

Locker room seemingly unfazed by Obafemi Martins' departure

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While admitting the timing is hardly ideal, Sounders seem happy enough to move on.

On the field, there's no question that Obafemi Martins will be missed to some degree. He was the Seattle Sounders' leading scorer over the past two years and arguably the most talented player in MLS, striking fear into defenders whenever he had the ball anywhere near the goal.

Major Link Soccer - Who Is Going To China Next?

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The Copa America Centenario draw is set, the Sounders wrap up their preseason matches, Oba arrives in China, and Zlatan gets two for one on kit exchanges.

Seattle

The Sounders had a pretty good performance yesterday in their 4-0 drubbing of the LA GAlaxy. We have our recap up of this final preseason friendly.

Chinese Super League

Obafemi Martins adds a 10th chair to his ever-growing collection

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You knew it was only a matter of time until Obafemi Martins made an addition to his impressive chair collection. That time has come.

More to my collection ❤️❤️❤️

A photo posted by Obafemi Martins (@obagoal) on Sep 30, 2016 at 8:44pm PDT

This is the 10th chair in Martins' very growing collection, with each one documenting a team he's played for during his professional career.

Hotshot Demba Ba extends scoring streak in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba hit a hat-trick in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-0 win over Hangzhou Greentown as he extended his lead as the Chinese Super League's top-scorer.

The Senegalese marksman struck in the 42nd, 74th and 81st minutes his second hat-trick of the season to propel his team to fifth in the table and reach a personal tally of 12 goals in 14 games.

Hotshot Demba Ba extends scoring streak in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba hit a hat-trick in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-0 win over Hangzhou Greentown as he extended his lead as the Chinese Super League's top-scorer.

The Senegalese marksman struck in the 42nd, 74th and 81st minutes his second hat-trick of the season to propel his team to fifth in the table and reach a personal tally of 12 goals in 14 games.

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D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Seattle blog Sounder at Heart

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We talk to Dave Clark to get the lowdown all on things rave green

With D.C. United's game tonight against Seattle Sounders FC, we reached out to Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart to get the lowdown on all things rave green. For my answers to Dave's questions, pop on over to Sounder at Heart.

B&RU: How much of the Sounders struggles to began the season have been the result of the late sale of Obafemi Martins?

Fredy Montero scores brace for Chinese Super League team

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Fredy Montero is on another one of his patented hot streaks. The former Seattle Sounders forward scored a brace in Tianjin Teda's most recent match, giving him four in his past five games.

Neither of the goals were especially pretty, but Montero showed a striker's instinct in getting on the end of a pair of left-footed efforts and finishing confidently both times.

Match Day 5: Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders

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The Houston Dynamo welcome the Seattle Sounders to town.

Seattle is coming to town to face the good guys in orange this upcoming Sunday afternoon. The Sounders are looking to improve on an anemic offensive output while the Dynamo are moving past a hiccup in their last outing; a shutout coming on the heels of a prolific three game streak.

Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders Preview: Dynamo Return Home to Face Struggling Sounders

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Dempsey and Co. travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to face Will Bruin and the Houston Dynamo

Seattle is coming to town to face the good guys in orange this upcoming Sunday afternoon. The Sounders are looking to improve on an anemic offensive output while the Dynamo are moving past a hiccup in their last outing; a shutout coming on the heels of a prolific three game streak.

Sounders new 4-3-3 look not working after three weeks

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It's just not clicking three weeks into the season.

The Seattle Sounders suffered their third consecutive defeat to start the 2016 campaign, and if anything, the home loss to Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps made it clear that a change is needed.

Deciphering Garth Lagerwey's coded transfer messages

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The Sounders GM was short on details, but we think we have a pretty good idea of what kind of player the team is after

Obafemi Martins' surprising departure has proven at least somewhat costly in the short term. In three competitive matches, the Seattle Sounders have gone winless and no player has been credited with a goal from the run-of-play.

Obafemi Martins was everything he promised to be, good and bad

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That meant scoring goals, but also leaving before his contract was up.

There are nine unique chairs surrounding Obafemi Martins' dining room table, each upholstered with one of the teams he's represented during his 16-year professional soccer career. From Inter Milan to Rubin Kazan to the Seattle Sounders, they mark a journey that has literally taken him around the world.

Obafemi Martins officially leaves Sounders for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua

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One of MLS' worst-kept secrets has finally become official.

The Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday Obafemi Martins has officially signed withShanghai Greenland Shenhua FC of the Chinese Super League. In total, Martins spenttwo seasons in Seattle while scoring 40 goals in 72 total appearances en route to becoming the second all-time leading scorer in club history.

Obafemi Martins completes transfer to Shanghai Shenhua

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Nearly two weeks after the first reports, the Seattle Sounders formally announced Obafemi Martins' transfer to Shanghai Shenhua of the Chines Super League on Thursday. Martins had already bid farewell to Seattle and Sounders fans last week and started training with his new team, but this makes it officially official.

Details of Obafemi Martins' contract with Shanghai Shenhua

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Obafemi Martins is about to get paid. The former Seattle Sounders forward will apparently net $6.6 million for the 2016 season with Shanghai Shenhua, according to a series of tweets from the Washington Post's Steven Goff.

(1/2) Obafemi Martins' move from @SoundersFC to Shanghai Shenua now in FIFA's transfer monitoring system.

Will the Chinese Super League bubble burst?

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The Chinese Super League is awash with money and signing high-priced players from across the globe, but is it ultimately sustainable?

The Chinese Super League has been on the lips of soccer fans since Guangzhou Evergrande dropped a whopping €42 million on FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez on February 3.

Obafemi Martins looks pretty excited to join Shanghai Shenhua, you guys

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Obafemi Martins will spend the next season playing for Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League. The decision it is made and presumably there's no real going back, even if the Seattle Sounders have pointedly not confirmed the move. But this photo of Martins holding his new uniform makes it look like he just might be having some second thoughts.

Sigi Schmid still can't confirm Martins departure or trialist signings

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But he was pleased with the Oba-less team that beat LA 4-0

Despite the numerous reports to the contrary (and Martins' goodbye tweet), Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said today that a deal to send Obafemi Martins to China's Shanghai Shenhua still hasn't been finalized. Schmid therefore couldn't comment on the deal's effect on the squad, as well as any possibility of a player being brought in to take Martins' Designated Player slot on the roster.

Obafemi Martins confirms Sounders exit

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Three years was probably longer than most would have expected Obafemi Martins would last as a Seattle Sounder.

There will not be a fourth year.

Martins confirmed his departure to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on Monday night, posting a farewell via his Twitter account:

Thanks to all who made these last three years an amazing experience.

Obafemi Martins bids farewell to Seattle

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An official announcement has not yet been made, but that hasn't stopped Obafemi Martins from making his own. The Nigerian striker released this statement on Twitter, making it clear that he enjoyed his time with the Seattle Sounders but leaving no doubt that it is over.

Thanks to all who made these last three years an amazing experience.

Clint Dempsey

What would the Sounders get in Nicolas Lodeiro?

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Everything you wanted to know about Nicolas Lodeiro but were afraid to ask.

Playing in Argentina for Boca Juniors (previously with Botafogo and Corinthians in Brazil, Ajax in The Netherlands and Nacional in Uruguay) means that Nicolas Lodeiro is not a household name in English-language Seattle soccer homes.

Clint Dempsey's evolving role for the Sounders in 2016

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A game-by-game look at where Clint has played, and how effective he's been.

Clint Dempsey was one of the main creators for the Seattle Sounders attack last season, at least when he was healthy and not suspended. He consistently put himself in dangerous positions, made runs that gave his teammates space, and linked up with attackers to exploit defensive weaknesses.

Did losing Obafemi Martins make the Sounders a better team?

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Obafemi Martins is gone but Sigi Schmid's tactical reshuffling may have made the Sounders a better team

With the loss of Obafemi Martins, the main theme of the Seattle Sounders off-season was called into question. From utilizing a three-man frontline in their previous preseason matches to varying degrees of success, it was possible that the loss of their best striker and reduction in depth would make the three-man front line untenable.

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Union conclude preseason play on Saturday against Toronto, FIFA presidential election, more

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Union conclude preseason play on Saturday against Toronto. FIFA presidential election today. More news.

Union bits, Garber to cast US vote in FIFA election, more news

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Newsy news bits.

Sapong targets 20 goals, Union and league news, USWNT faces T&T tonight, more

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Union face Tampa Bay on Saturday. Sapong targets 20 goals in 2016. USWNT face Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic qualification semis tonight. Lloyd named to FIFPro World XI. More.

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Former Striker Speaks Well Of Newcastle

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32 year-old Oba Martins is currently playing for ChinaSuper League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, after joining Newcastle from Inter-Milan in 2006 and then leaving usfor Wolfsburg after three years at Newcastle. He's got himself around quite a bit since then, having also played in the MLS with the Seattle Sounders from 2013-2015, before moving to [.

Obafemi Martins signed an insane contract with Chinese club

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Martins' one-year extension will reportedly pay him equivalent of $12-15 million.

Obafemi Martins' move to China hasn't always been smooth, but it has been undeniably lucrative and it's about to get even more so.

The former Seattle Sounders forward has reportedly signed a contract extension that will keep him at Shanghai Shenhua through 2017 and net him about $9 million.

Nelson Valdez ensured himself a proper place in Sounders lore

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The forward deserves to be remembered as more than a DP flop.

To say the Seattle Sounders have a somewhat spotty record when it comes to Designated Player signings is probably fair. For every Obafemi Martins, there's been a Christian Tiffert. For every Fredy Montero, a Shalrie Joseph.

By any reasonable metric, Nelson Valdez probably belongs in the "flop" bin.

Poll: Will the Sounders make the MLS Cup Playoffs, Sigi thinks you're voting yes

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Sigi Schmid thinks a majority of fans think the team will still make the MLS Cup Playoffs. Is that true?

A bit more than two months ago the Seattle Sounders had high expectations for 2016. Even after losing Obafemi Martins the Sounder at Heart staff fully expected the club to have at least one home game in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Steve Zakuani thinks Sounders still need a playmaker

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The Sounder sees an attack that is decent, capable of being good, but it will not be great until the club adds a major talent. He also thinks this is the best defense Seattle's seen.

When the conversation turns to soccer and the Seattle Sounders that he analyzes on TV or radio every week, Steve Zakuani is in his element.

Sounders could make Designated Player addition sooner than later

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Addition of TAM and a Grant Wahl report feed the rumor mill.

Ever since Obafemi Martins' somewhat surprising departure, the sense has been that the Seattle Sounders would take stock of the team, park Osvaldo Alonso in the open spot over the short term and likely look to add a Designated Player in the summer transfer window along with another Targeted Allocation Money player.

Nos Audietis, Episode 210: Live at the Tacoma Stars

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We tried something a little different this week, heading over to the ShoWare Center in Kent to do a live show before the Tacoma Stars game. Unfortunately, we were a bit harder to find that normal, but there were still about 20 or so people who made it over. In any case, we were treated to a pretty spectacular match that featured lots of loud music, dancing mascots and scoring.

VIDEO: Answering your Obafemi Martins questions

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Union draw with DC, other Union bits, BSFC acquires forward, league news, more

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Le Toux scores but DC comes back for 1-1 draw. Bethlehem acquires Corey Burke on loan. Too many Uniteds? More news