Soccer: The wait is over: Obafemi Martins is finally a Sounder.
The signing was announced by the team Friday afternoon. The Nigerian forward will be a designated player, giving Seattle a full complement of three (Mauro Rosales, Shalrie Joseph).
“This move is consistent with our promise to the fans.” said majority owner Joe Roth in a news release. “Our supporters are the best in Major League Soccer and deserve a team that competes each and every year. Obafemi is an electrifying talent who has international experience at the highest level.”
Martins, 28, will wear the No. 9 jersey for the Sounders, a number that has been unused here the past two seasons and is historically given to a team’s top forward. Blaise Nkufo, a previous DP forward, last wore the number in 2010.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per MLS and team policy, but he’s expected to have a seven-figure salary.
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Joshua Mayers, Seattle Times
Morban homers twice for M’s
Baseball: Julio Morban hit two home runs and right-hander Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs in four innings in his second spring start to help the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 Friday.
The 21-year-old outfielder hit a two-run shot off Angels starter Tommy Hanson in the second for his first homer of the spring, and added another two-run blast off Billy Buckner in the eighth.
Later Friday, Wladimir Balentien hit a three-run home run and finished with five RBIs against his former team, leading the Netherlands to an 8-1 win over the Mariners.
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