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Seattle Sounders FC signs star player Martins to multi-year contract extension

Obafemi Martins (courtesy MLS)

The Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that they have signed forward Obafemi Martins to a multi-year contract extension.

The Nigerian-born soccer star, first name, Obafemi translates literally to “the king loves me” in the Yoruba language.

Generally, MLS contract signings never mention money, but reports say that Martins made close to $175 million this season.

Martins is a very valuable player to the Seattle Sounders FC, the MLS’ best team He is a league MVP candidate after scoring a franchise-record 17 goals and 13 assists.

He left Nigeria at the age of 16 to play soccer in Italy.

Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini undergoes successful leg surgery

Daniel Paladini as a Chicago Fire (2012 photo by Kmvmty via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Crew have had their share of injuries this season.

One of the wounded, include 29-year-old midfielder Daniel Paladini.

Last week, the Crew announced that the Northridge, California native had underwent successful surgery for internal fixation for a tibia and fibula fracture.

Paladini has begun recovery and is out for the remainder of the 2014 MLS season. He will be sidelined a total of 16 weeks.

The injury was suffered during a practice session. The operation was performed by surgeon Dr. Corey L. Van Hoff, M.D. at Ohio Health’s Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus on Tuesday, September 16.

A seasoned MLS veteran, Paladini has also played for the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire.

Being from Northridge, California, he stayed home to play for Cal State-Northridge of the Big West Conference. In 2005, he was named Midfielder of the Year by that conference.

Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms retires due to kidney disease

Clyde Simms (2008 photo by Ben Stanfield via wikipedia commons)

Clyde Simms was in his prime at just 32 years of age when he retired from Major League Soccer recently.

He had a good reason too. His health!

The former midfielder of the New England Revolution decided to hang up the soccer cleats in early 2014 due to a battle with kidney disease.

Clyde’s disease – Focal Segmental Glomerlo-sclerosis (FSGS) – has now progressed to the point that he needs a kidney transplant.

The usual waiting time for a suitable match is about four years, and many people on the waiting list really don’t have that long before needing to go on dialysis, including Simms.

People interested in donating a kidney first need to contact a donation center and be tested. To be tested to see if you are a match to help Clyde, or any other person waiting for a kidney match, please contact the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Living Donor Program at (617) 643-7193.

For more information, www.revolutionsoccer.net/OurFriendClyde.

Simms is a graduate of East Carolina University. While playing as a Pirate, in 72 games, he scored 7 goals and handed out 7 assists and was the team captain his final three seasons.

In the MLS, he played for D.C. United from 2005-2013 and with the Revolution in 2012 and 2013. He played for the U.S. National Team in 2005.

The 5’9 defensive midfielder was born in Jamestown, North Carolina.

 

New England Revolution home attendance is among the MLS’ pacesetters

Gillette Stadium Home of NE Revolution (2008 photo by J. Poreda via wikipedia commons)

Over the years, the New England Revolution have been one of Major League Soccer’s top drawing teams at home.

With only two home games left in the 2014 season, the Revs attendance is far ahead of 2013′s attendance figures.

Through 15 home games, the club has increased its attendance by 11.3 percent. The Revolution is averaging 15,178 fans at Gillette Stadium this season; that’s almost 2,000 fans per game ahead of the team’s average of 13,237 through 14 games last season.

During the 2014 season, New England claims the MLS’ fourth-highest attendance growth rate behind D.C. United (19.4%), San Jose (19.0%, which also includes a match at the 49ers’ Levi Stadium) and Toronto (16.9%) through the same amount of games a year ago.

On the season, the MLS is averaging a 1.8 percent growth in attendance through the same number of games.

Crew goes 0-for-3 during week; winless streak is at 7 with three shutout losses in a row

Carl Robinson, Vancouver's head coach said you have to speed Columbus up when playing them. They are tough when the game is slowed down (photo by Stuart Mason)

Erik Hurtado, says he likes playing with Kekuta Manneh who gets him the ball in good spots (photo by Stuart Mason)


 

POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

54,264 Erik Hurtado Vancouver On his team finally playing well on the road Vancouver 1 Crew 0 5 10 2014

54,260 Dominic Oduro Crew On team winless and non scoring streak Vancouver 1 Crew 0 5 10 2014

GAME NOTES:

* Columbus fall to 3-4-3 on the season, dropping out of the top half of the Eastern Conference, while Vancouver improve to 4-2-4. The Whitecaps have 16 points and the Crew are still stuck on 12 points.

* The Crew have now played 321 minutes without tallying a goal, and their last goal from the run of play came from Hector Jimenez’s late-game heroics against D.C. United on April 19.

* The Men of the Match were: Midfielder Matias Laba and Forward Erik Hurtado for Vancouver. Goalkeeper Steve Clark was the lone star for Columbus.

The road win stretches Vancouver’s unbeaten streak to four, while Columbus remains winless in their last seven MLS matches. the Vancouver Whitecaps won their second straight match, handing the Columbus Crew its third straight loss of the week.

What is surprising to everyone, fans and media, Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter named the same starting 11 as he did in Week 1. It was expected that things would be shaken up for the team’s struggling offense.

The Whitecaps scored the game’s lone goal in the 37th minute on a strike by Erik Hurtado. The Vancouver forward controlled a long free kick from his goalkeeper David Ousted from the opposite half of the field, turned left into space and unleashed a perfectly placed drive that Clark had no chance to save. That was Hurtado’s first MLS goal. and Ousted got a rare assists as a goalkeeper.


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