The Seattle Sounders will go at least one more week without their top scoring threats as head coach Sigi Schmid ruled out Obafemi Martins for Saturday's game against the Montreal Impact. Martins last played on June 17 when he suffered an adductor injury that was expected to sideline him 3-6 weeks.
"This weekend is still too early for him," Schmid told the media on Wednesday. "We want to make sure when he comes back, he's 100 percent right. He was a little sore from yesterday (when he did about 60 percent of the normal training load), but he's still making progress."
Without Martins -- and forward partner Clint Dempsey -- the Sounders' once-prolific attack has screeched to a virtual halt. The Sounders have scored just two goals in their past six games and they've only scored two goals in the eight matches they've played without both star forwards this year.
Not coincidentally, the Sounders have gone 1-6-1 in those matches.
While reinforcements will eventually arrive, the Sounders are also make it clear that more is expected from the players that are available.
"The guys here have to do this," Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said on Tuesday. "We can't makes excuses for ourselves and just say it's acceptable to lose a month's worth of games because we're missing a couple of our top guys."