Three of Seattle's top offensive talents, forwards Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins and midfielder Mario Martinez, all players who have been acquired in the last 13 months, will be away for national team duty this weekend when the Sounders play at San Jose. All three will represent their respective countries in World Cup qualifiers. The Earthquakes, meanwhile, will be without defenders Justin Morrow and Victor Bernardez.
Johnson will be with the U.S. National team for Friday's game in Denver against Costa Rica, and a March 26 game against Mexico in Mexico City's famed Estadio Azteca. Johnson, 28, has been a regular on Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. teams since being called in for World Cup qualifying last fall. Prior to reviving his career with the Sounders, Johnson had not been called up by the U.S. team since 2010.
Martinez, who has been a standout for Honduras on the international stage, will represent his country in games against Mexico and Panama.
Martins, Seattle's newest designated player signing who made his Sounders debut off the bench in Saturday's 1-1 tie with Portland, will join Nigeria for a game against Kenya on Saturday.
Herald Writer John Boyle: email@example.com.
More Sports Headlines
Mariners beat Rockies 10-4 for 4th win in 5 games ERA committed to keeping alive tradition of rowing in wood boats Northwest League All-Stars top Pioneer League 6-5 in 10 innings Yankees put Ackley on disabled list with strain in lower back Dombrowski out as Tigers' president and GM; Avila takes over Blue Jays' pitcher Sanchez suspended 3 games, manager Gibbons 1 game Final fight? Mayweather announces bout against Berto on Sept. 12 Ronaldo buys his agent Greek island as a wedding gift
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.