Sounders FC sign Obafemi Martins as their newest Designated Player

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The Seattle Sounders have officially signed Obafemi Martins as their newest Designated Player after weeks of speculation.

The club disclosed this yesterday during a press conference.

The 28-year-old Nigerian comes to the Sounders from Levante in La Liga after a protracted series of negotiations that saw Martins’ contract bought out earlier this month, leaving him free to sign outside the European transfer window..

For Seattle’s part, the announcement ends speculation of when and whether Martins would be joining the club, which had been rampant for weeks. It also gives the Sounders a third Designated Player, replacing departed midfielder Christian Tiffert.

Martins will be expected to lead the line for the Sounders along with US national team striker Eddie Johnson. He will also be expected to replace on-loan striker Fredy Montero not only in scoring but also as a point man in the team’s attack.

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