Week(s) of 21 Feb – 2 Mar in Review


Okay, admittedly I took an unexpected sabbatical, as I previously mentioned due to work and other various and menacing factors. While I was gone quiet a bit happened. My last post was a preview of Red Bulls vs. Sounders, back on February 20th, a match that I only briefly had an opportunity to watch and most of it was performed in the sleet/snow in what can only be amassed as one of the more bizarre happenings during the pre-season. Here is a little “catch-up” on what you may have missed if you were out and about like I was the past week and a half.

 

Thursday, February 21st

Desert Diamond Game Report against New York Red Bulls by Don Ruiz Tacoma News Tribune

A nice tidy game report of the last of the Desert Diamond round robin matches. Of course Mario Martinez stood out again, as did Alex Caskey.

 

Christian Tiffert departures imminent? by Joshua Mayers Seattle Times

There was talk a lot further back than this but this is when things really got serious, and supporters really took note. It’s not a slam on Jeremiah Oshan but obviously he was working off of an hunch that was obviously logical but not necessarily fact. Deep down, inside us all, we didn’t want to necessarily believe after acquiring Shalrie Joseph that the Sounders would let go one of their better midfielders. This was the crumbling away of that foundational belief.

 

Obafemi Martins transfer rumor: Source inside Sounders confirms ‘serious’ interest by Dave Clark SounderAtHeart

Likewise to Tiffert, there had been a lot of talk about the next Designated Player and Eddie Johnson’s next forward pairing. Things started coming clear at this point that the connection with Martins was more than just a name on a list and bunch of rumor mongering. This could get real.

 

Friday, February 22nd

Sounders officially sign Dylan Remick their second round pick. SoundersFC

Remick had an very good showing in the pre-season and him getting a contract was more than just an obligation to drafting him in the 2nd round.

 

Sounders draw Veracruz

Sounders drew Liga MX side Veracruz in a friendly with the efforts to have a better idea of what they could be facing in UANL Tigres this coming week. The results were a little underwhelming, but remember that this was just a friendly.

 

Saturday, February 23rd

Sounders come to agreement with Djimi Traore. SoundersFC

Traore was pretty likely to garner that contract with the club, it was really a matter of if no one came a long better or if he could stay healthy. He should be a good pairing a long with Hurtado a long the back line.

 

Sounders win Desert Diamond Cup by Don Ruiz for Tacoma News Tribune

For the second time in a week the Sounders deposed the men of Salt Lake from their chance at an early pre-season trophy and doing so with a predominately reserve line-up against what looked like a possible glimpse of the RSL starting XI.

Monday, February 25th

Sounders FC official in Spain trying to secure transfer of forward Obafemi Martins by Joshua Mayers for Seattle Times

This was the moment that it went from being an outside possibility to really happening.

 

Tuesday, February 26th

Sounders say they’re closing in on transfer of Obafemi Martins. by Jeremiah Oshan for Mlssoccer.com

This is when people freaking crazy.

 

Wednesday, February 27th

Sounders unveil new jerseys by SeattlePI

They are pretty. They had been leaked. This just made the pretty things that had been leaked, official.

 

Thursday, February 28th

Deal between Martins and Sounders close to being finalized by Andrew Wiebe for MLSsoccer.com

Just.Sign.The.Contract.

 

 

Saturday, March 2nd

Christian Tiffert and Sounders part ways. Joshua Mayers for the Seattle Times

Again the Sounders use the stage of their home opener, and just hours before kick-off, to buyout a designated player from their contract. As you read elsewhere, and as I’ve mentioned above, it wasn’t a shocker but that doesn’t mean it didn’t sting. Best of luck to him and wherever he ends up.

 

 

 

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