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Potential Champions League history + Obafemi Martins = abundant Seattle Sounders drama

Mar 12, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

Obafemi Martins head shot

At this point, can someone just tap us on the shoulder when (and if?) Obafemi Martins finally gets to Seattle? Please.

It’s all become a little tiresome as the Sounders long, hard slog to gather up the Nigerian striker has dragged on. The deal has been twisted up in Seattle’s salary cap issues (solved rather painfully by buying out Christian Tiffert’s contract) and by the protracted process of getting Martins released from his deal with Spain’s Levante.

We look so doggone close to putting this puppy to bed – but caution still rules in the Sounders camp.

All this roster drama is providing a (possibly distracting) backdrop as the Sounders prep for tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League return leg against Mexico’s Tigres. The Liga MX club holds a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series.

(MORE: Seattle falls to Tigres in Monterrey, including highlights)

Whether it’s confidence or shifting priorities, looks like Tigres has decided to send something less than its best for tonight’s 10 p.m. ET kickoff (Fox Soccer Channel).

Attendance at CenturyLink will not reach the usual gold-standard levels, but the Seattle Times’ Joshua Mayers reported Monday that 17,000-plus tickets had been sold. So, the building will hardly be empty.

The Sounders need to score twice to advance into Champions League semifinals (or a 1-0 win would send the series into penalty kicks).

If Sigi Schmid’s men can prevail, we’re talking history here. Remember, no MLS team has eliminated a Mexican side from Champions League.

Real Salt Lake is the only MLS club to have reached a CCL final, falling to Monterrey two years ago.

A full match preview from MLSSoccer.com is here.

  1. dws110 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    It’s the “Sounders need to score twice” part that’s got me twisted up. Now would be a good time to put Rosales back in midfield where he’s most effective, and get another warm body up top next to EJ to maybe do something with a cross (assuming there are any crosses to do anything with).

  2. charliej11 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    If Martins was in MLS and trying to leave, there would be many posting that MLS is a joke they need to release the player, etc. And MLS would be doing it for more money. La Liga team, just trying hold to a guy longer……crickets.

    Don’t tell me those guys are just MLS haters…..I am shocked. Next thing it will be the same guys that want is MLS to switch to winter ? No, couldn’t be.

  3. krazymunky - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    At least the Tigres fans arent going to be invading in their 10k+ away support numbers theyve been doing in LIGA MX.

    • jjkusowski - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Tigres fans have been spotted around Seattle the last couple days. Obviously not 10k of them, but very cool to see them here. They will be welcomed. Except for a roughly 2-hour period this evening.

  4. godsholytrousers - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Tigres fans were great last night. True supporters.
    Seattle fans were, as always, a huge factor in the game. Good show!

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