The Importance of Obafemi Martins

Martins to remain with the Sounders after signing multi-year deal
by Alex Eagleton   |   Friday, October 31, 2014

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It had been rumored for over a month that Obafemi Martins was nearing a new multi-year contract extension and it was confirmed Tuesday as the Seattle Sounders and Martins agreed to a new deal. Although the official contract terms were not released (per league and Seattle Sounders rules), it is speculated that the deal will double Obafemi Martins salary.

When asked about the contract extension after training on Tuesday, Martins replied, “I’m glad that I’m still gonna be with the team for a long time. I hope to score a lot of goals for Seattle and win trophies.” 

Obafemi Martins has been a blessing for the Sounders. In his inaugural season, Martins netted 8 goals and 4 assists for the team despite a number of nagging injuries that cost him 4 out of the last 5 regular season games last season and kept him from starting key games in the playoffs. This year, however, he has set a team record with 17 goals and 13 assists (tied with Mauro Rosales for the team record), is a top MLS MVP candidate, and has proved to be a vital asset for the Sounders.

Since Martins joined the Seattle Sounders, he has proved to be an elite playmaker and goal scorer. In games where Martins scores a goal, the team has never lost nor tied a game with an insane 19-0-0 record. When Martins doesn’t score, but contributes at least 1 assist, the Sounders still have a winning record at 4-2-3. Comparing Martins to the rest of the league, he’s in the top 10 in goals per game (0.55 goals per game), assists per game (0.45), shots on goal (36), and shots on goal percentage (46.8%). Not only is Martins scoring goals, but he’s making those around him better, like Lamar Neagle who had a career best 9 goals and 9 assists this season.

With the MLS Cup Playoffs awaiting the Sounders, Martins made it clear that his work is not done this season and is focused on helping the team complete the treble and win the MLS Cup.

NEXT UP: November 2 — MLS Playoffs: Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, 1st Leg, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas. 9 p.m. EST, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN 2.


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