Here's what Sounders' general manager Adrian Hanauer had to say today about the long-term status of goals co-leader Obafemi Martins:
He has a contract through the end of this year, as well as the end of next year, with a (club option through 2016). We love Oba. We hope he wants to be here and that we can have him be here for a lot of years. But you guys know as well as I, in the world of football anything is possible, and money talks. And players have limited careers, and if there’s an opportunity for a player where they feel like they can get compensated at a higher rate and if the team that has the contract, and if the team that has the contract can be compensated in a way that they feel is appropriate, then sometimes players are transacted. We are talking with Oba and his representation. We want him to be here. But you never know in soccer.