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Obafemi Martins out for Seattle Sounders; MLS Champions League hopes grow dimmer still

Apr 4, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

Obafemi Martins head shot

The body blows keep coming for Major League Soccer’s chances of landing a team in CONCACAF Champions League final, and the league look close to tapping out.

As if last night’s calamitous final 10 minutes at the Home Depot Center were not enough – the Galaxy seemed to have things under control against Monterrey, but conceded two late strikes to the Liga MX side and fell 2-1 to start the series with a huge thud – some alarming injury news today out of Seattle today has further dented league aspirations.

The Seattle Times reported today that Sounders striker Obafemi Martins has left the team for some secret, undisclosed location to help deal with a lingering knee issue. (Seriously, what’s up with the secrecy?) It’s the same issue that prevented the Sounders’ new DP striker from playing in Tuesday’s first leg, where Santos Laguna took a 1-0 win out of Seattle to open the clubs’ CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.

Both MLS teams travel to Mexico for next week’s return legs, both dragging one goal deficits. So each home side requires only a draw to advance into the championship series, with a spot in this winter’s FIFA Club World Cup awaiting the ultimate winner.

Real Salt Lake remains the only MLS to make a CONCACAF Champions League final; Jason Kreis’ team fell to Monterrey back in 2011.

  1. nygiantstones - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Great. This year is really starting off with a bang in Seattle. I really hope Montero forced his way out, rather than the Sounders got rid of him because of the post season. Granted, there’s other reasons the team is floundering (namely a weak back 4), but it was also nice to have Montero in there to pull something special out of the bag and draw defenders his way.

  2. charliej11 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    nygiantstones, Montero was forced out of Seattle, he just wasn’t good enough to win. His replacement has practiced for about 1 week with the Sounders. Granted the injury makes me quite nervous, but we had to have better to win it all.

    Steve Davis, the Sounders beat Monterrey with their B squad in Monterrey. Next Tuesday will not be the B squad it just might not ball ALL of the A squad. It is still doable. LA looked like the better team for much of their game, so that is doable too. I would have preferred 0-0, but Santos put one in. Onto Mexico.

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