Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins has revealed that he is open to the possibility of representing the Nigerian national team once again. The former Newcastle striker is out of the frame when it comes to international football after having decided to move to the MLS. Distance is a primary concern for managers selecting players for the national team, where matches are often held in a two-week break from the league campaign. This does not provide the players with sufficient recovery times if there is a lot of travelling involved.
Coventry City managed to sign their 2nd summer signing by bringing into the team Jim O’Brien on 2 year long contract. Jim O’Brien will be arriving to the League One club on a free transfer as the player was free agent after being released by Oakwell.
Besides Jim O’Brien, there have a been a few more players who will be joining the English club as reinforcements for the upcoming season some of these new arrivals are: Danny Swanson, Mohamel Coulibaly, Reda Johnson and Ryan Allsop.
The 2014 World Cup draw favored some nations as they were pitted in a reasonably simple group but there are some others where things are much more complicated and United States have their work cut out.
Group G is considered to be a ‘’Group of Death’’ due to the teams and players which are competing in it with Germany expecting not only escape the group stages of the tournament at the top but also expected to reach the semifinals of the upcoming World Cup, it will be difficult for United States to get a victory from the team of Joachim Low.
On Saturday, Kevin Parsemain and Aaron Kovar lead Seattle Sounders to a comeback win against Coastal Carolina by scoring a goal each. The game went on just for sixty odd minutes which was a late supplement to the predefined schedule.
This add on game was especially designed to take a last look at the footballers, prior to the preseason finale of Carolina Challenge Cup Match in the latter half of the day, versus D.C United. The only official details of the game were received via Seattle Sounder’s Twitter update during the match day.
The future of striker Obafemi Martins at Seattle Sounders has been in doubt for the last few weeks after it has emerged that the striker is reportedly looking for a move away from the club. He joined the club only last season, but persistent rumours have put his future in doubt.
Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid, though, has expressed his confidence that the player will remain at the club into the new season. The club did not have a good finish to the last season. As a result, they could only manage a fourth place finish in the table.
Centre back has been a major problem for Seattle Sounders in recent years and the manager Sigi Schmid has decided to go back to Chad Marshall in the bid to solve his problems.
The defender has been signed by Seattle Sounders from Columbus Crew, who will receive an undisclosed fee. They will also get the option of the third-round pick in the 2015 Super draft as part of the deal. Sigi Schmid is someone who knows Marshall extremely well after having managed him during his time at Columbus. He was part of the team that won the MLS cup in 2008.
Clint Dempsey has become a major attraction and one of the important players at Seattle Sounders since his summer move from Tottenham. One of the designated players in the squad, Dempsey is of huge value to Seattle Sounders.
This has led to manager Sigi Schmid requesting the US national team to opt against calling Dempsey for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The 30-year-old has missed the last two matches for the club due to a hamstring injury, but it looks likely that he will be called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for the next two World Cup qualifying matches.
Three Real Salt Lake players are expected to be part of the MLS all-star game on Wednesday. Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis, though, has revealed that he tried to get in touch with Kansas City manager Peter Vermes, but was unable to do so. Vermes will be in charge of the MLS all-star team for the match.
Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid has expressed in his happiness at being able to select striker Obafemi Martins once again for the next match.
The former Newcastle United striker was given a straight red card, which would have ruled him out of the match against Vancouver whitecaps. However, his red card was rescinded by an independent board after an appeal from Seattle Sounders. He is the designated player at the club and one of the most important as well.
Kevin Durr, who has been included as the supplementary draft selection for Seattle Sounders, has said that he is not sure about the future with Sigi Schmid's team. Durr is currently looking to get a professional contract with Seattle Sounders.
The 21-year-old, though, was recently made eligible for the Air Force. Over the last four years, he has been one of the impressive players in the Air Force youth academy. Even though he is not extremely confident that he will not be included as part of the January draft, he is hoping to be part of the Seattle Sounders team in the future.