It's starting to look like Obafemi Martins' immediate future with the Seattle Sounders is a bit more secure. Fresh off a two-goal performance against Chivas USA which gave him a career-record goals total of 12, now comes a report out of Italy that Martins' agent is heading to the United States and that they are poised to sign a new two-year contract extension. If the report is accurate, Martins would be signed through 2017. The Sounders had no comment on the report.
Although this report comes from Gianluca DiMarzio's site -- while mostly reliable also got it wrong on DeAndre Yedlin's ultimate destination -- the timing does make some sense.
After a brief lull in which Martins went six matches without getting on the scoresheet -- he missed two of those with injury -- the forward is flashing the form that made him a contender for MLS MVP. Martins has four goals and three assists in his past four games as the Sounders have gone 3-0-1 to reclaim the top spot in the Supporters' Shield race. He's also looking as comfortable as ever with strike partner Clint Dempsey.
Of course, any report like this should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's entirely possible that the report was put out there by Martins' people as a way to move things along as the player has been open about his desire for a raise and extension.