While there were several notable players missing from the Seattle Sounders' first day of training camp, one name stood out a bit more prominently than the others: Obafemi Martins. But, never fear, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said Martins would arrive in Seattle on Sunday and begin training on Monday.
"Everything is good with Oba," Schmid told the media following Saturday's session.
That should come as a significant relief, as Martins is coming off his most prolific season as a professional and will surely once again be a focal point of the Sounders' offense. Martins' 17 goals and 13 assists in league play were both career highs for the 30-year-old.
Also missing from Saturday's session were Clint Dempsey, Aaron Kovar and Victor Mansaray. Dempsey is currently with the United States national team and will likely remain there until the second of two friendlies on Feb. 8. Kovar was training with Sheffield Wednesday, but is expected back soon. Mansaray was allowed to play with the Sounders U18 team, who faced the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.