Obafemi Martins Nears Extension with Seattle

Obafemi MartinsWith the contract of Obafemi Martins to expire at the end of 2014, the Seattle Sounders striker hopes to extend his stay and remain with the club.

According to an insider, the 29-year old will sign an extension of 2-years worth over $6 million, which is over double what he currently is earning.

The increase in Martins’ pay will only move Martins from the ninth highest Designated Player to the league’s eighth highest.

For a professional footballer with 12 years of experience, the Nigerian international is enjoying the best season of his career. Martins has scored 13 goals in league play thus far and the club has 5 fixtures remain in MLS action before the postseason begins.

Just one other time in his 12-year career has he scored 10 or more goals. The last time he accomplished that feat was when he scored 11 for Newcastle in the English Premier League in 2006-07.

Martins for some time has wanted to remain in Seattle and has not been shy to let people know he has wanted a new contract since the beginning of the summer.

Up front this season, the Sounders have used a myriad of different combinations and it has worked superbly for the club. Of the five players on attack including Martins, Chad Barrett, Clint Dempsey, Kenny Cooper and Lamar Neagle, no one has goal totals that jump off the page, but all have scored important goals for the club during the season.

Martins has become one of the most valuable players on the club for a number of reasons. He and LA Galaxy attacker Robbie Keane are the only two players in the MLS in the top 10 for goals and assists on the season.

With just five matches left in the regular season, Seattle is tied on points at the top of the Western Conference with LA Galaxy on 54 points.

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