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Obafemi Martins in form for Seattle; what does that mean for other matters around CenturyLink?

Feb 27, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

Obafemi Martins, DeAndre Yedlin AP

An interesting thing is happening in Seattle. While everyone awaits Clint Dempsey’s arrival and wonders if he can slip out of the mean ol’ fog that has descended around him, and while so many wonder whether these Didier Drogba whispers may come to fruition around the Pacific Northwest side … the team is scoring goals.

Imagine that! Eat your heart out, Drogba!

And the goals are largely thanks to Obafemi Martins.

Seattle is 5-0-2 in the preseason; Martins has three goals, including the team’s only tally Wednesday in a 1-1 draw with Houston in the ongoing Carolina Challenge Cup.

While the team’s preseason record is no big deal – preseason success, often inflated by wins against lower-tier pro clubs or even college teams, is no indicator of what’s ahead when things get real – Martins’ good form is certainly a point worth discussion.

Will it, for instance, change the equation as Seattle ponders Drogba (who may be going elsewhere one way or the other)?

Will Martins’ good form remove some pressure from Dempsey, who won’t feel the immediate weight of needing to carry his team’s scoring burden?

Will an in-form striker allow Dempsey to fulfill a slightly different role, just a little further from goal?

  1. charliej11 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    If Dempsey’s role puts him a little further from goal, I am fine with that. Just as long as he isn’t wasting his career where he is now.

    One more time, that loan idea was beyond stupid, that was true before he did, while he was doing it and after it is over. Skip the last game and get home to a team that needs you, not one where the games don’t matter.

  2. talgrath - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, Drogba isn’t happening in Seattle. Drogba would want too much money for Seattle to keep him and Dempsey; the Drogba rumor mentioned two of the biggest clubs in MLS because his agent is trying to improve Drogba’s position in contract negotiations, neither team seems to be seriously pursuing another DP right now.

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