Seattle’s depth tested: Obafemi Martins out 3-6 weeks, Clint Dempsey facing suspension


Major League Soccer’s best team lost more than its cool in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Portland in the the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Obafemi Martins could be out until August with a groin injury, according to Sigi Schmid. The dangerous Nigerian striker will at least miss the tough run of three matches in eight days which begins Saturday against San Jose before a Wednesday match with Philadelphia and a June 28 rematch with Portland.

“It doesn’t require surgery,” Schmid said, according to Sounder at Heart. “So that’s a positive situation. But we have to see how many weeks. It’s a similar injury to what Djimi Traore suffered last year and what Dylan Remick had. The window is somewhere between 3 and 6 weeks.”

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Making matters worse, the club could lose Clint Dempsey for as long as three months after the hot-tempered USMNT star tore up the referee’s notebook in disgust on Wednesday. While many don’t suspect he’ll see the full 3-month letter of the law suspension, losing both players will be brutal for Seattle.

Chad Barrett is the only veteran forward on the roster, though Lamar Neagle is capable of playing up-top, with Homegrown Players like Darwin Jones and Victor Mansaray also options despite playing just a total of 31 minutes this year. With a perceived surplus of attackers, the club waived Kenny Cooper in April and he was claimed by Montreal (The 30-year-old has played just four minutes for the Impact.

So perhaps that depth signing of Thomas Jaguaribe Bendinelli from Flamengo will be much more integral than luxury (Would be nice to have Jordan Morris right about now).