Clint Dempsey scored a stunner to open the scoring in the CONCACAF Champions League match against Mexico's Club America. It was a beautiful long range free kick that he placed perfectly into the top corner. Dempsey claimed his second off a header from a corner to give the Sounders the lead, however they could not hold on and conceded a draw in the first leg of their CCL match. The damaging part of the draw of course is the two away goals conceded. Now the Sounders much win the return match in Mexico's historic Estadio Azteca in order to move on in the tournament.
Reports are that Seattle Sounders star forward Obafemi Martins is headed to the Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua. Martins is the latest of a list of players targeted by the China Super League who are throwing money everywhere to attempt to land star talent. Jackson Martinez and Brazilian Alex Texeira are two others leaving their respective clubs for the money in China.
Martins played three years for Seattle and scored 43 goals in 83 matches. Martins was a regular on the MLS Goal of the Week vote. His stand-out play for the Sounders earned him another look for the Nigerian National Team where he has 18 goals in 41 career appearances.
The move could mean more playing time for young USMNT member and Sounder newcomer Jordan Morris. However it is disappointing to see such a talent and exciting player in Martins leave the MLS.
Former US Men's Soccer member Stuart Holden has announced his retirement. Holden previously spent time with Bolton Wanderers and Houston Dynamo of the MLS. Holden had an injury ravaged career including a broken league in an USMNT match against the Netherlands in 2010 and multiple knee injuries.
Holden made his return to the USMNT during the 2013 Gold Cup, however suffered a torn knee ligament versus Panama. Holden's last professional game came in March of 2014.
Thank you Stuart Holden for your contribution to the US Men's National Team. We here at US Soccer Talk wish you the best in the future.