With his contract set to expire at the end of the year, Sounders striker Obafemi Martins will likely be staying in Seattle.
According to a report by MLS reporter Frank Dell’Apa, the 29-year-old is set to sign a 2-year contract extension that is worth $6 million – more than double his current deal in per-year value.
The boost in pay, however, will only up Martins from the 9th-highest Designated Player to the 8th-highest.
For a player with 12 years of professional experience, the Nigerian international is having the best season of his career in front of goal, with 13 league goals so far and five regular season matches still to go. He’s only scored double-digit league goals one other time in his career, with Newcastle in the 2006/07 season when he bagged 11.
Martins has wanted to stay in Seattle for a while now, not-so-subtly campaigning for a new deal since the summer.
The Sounders have used a mix up front, and it’s worked, as none of Martins, Clint Dempsey, Chad Barrett, Lamar Neagle and Kenny Cooper have goal tallies that jump out at you, but all have netted at important times for the club.
Martins has been invaluable to his club this year in a number of ways, as he and Robbie Keane are the only MLS players in the top 10 in both goals and assists for the season.