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Obafemi Martins could be in uniform vs. Timbers

Obafemi Martins tweeted today that he's on his way to Seattle, and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid indicated today that his new designated player could be in uniform tomorrow, when the Sounders meet the Portland Timbers.

"I think he'll be on the roster by the end of today," Schmid said. "Depending on there being ho hiccups on his arrival and the flight, he's eligible for our 18 tomorrow. ... It adds a pretty talented player. He hasn't been able to train with us yet or get to know the names of his teammates, but what's really great and encouraging is his desire to want to be here, his desire to undertake the journey and be part of where we're at and be part of the rivalry. He knows the importance of the game. I know (sporting director Chris Henderson) has been on the phone with him and talked to him about the importance of the game, and he wants to be part of that. His loyalty is to the Seattle Sounders, and I think it's a good example that he's showing by the effort he's making to get here."

In other personnel news, Brad Evans, Adam Johansson, and Shalrie Joseph are out, Mauro Rosales and David Estrada are gametime decisions.