Obafemi Martins has left the Seattle Sounders, with the Nigerian striker announcing Wednesday night in a letter to fans that he has joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The move was first reported on Saturday, when ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle wrote that Martins had caught the eye of several Chinese Super League teams before the BBC reported that he would land at Shanghai. There has been no official announcement by the Sounders.
Thanks to all who made these last three years an amazing experience. Seattle has a special place in my heart 💚💙 pic.twitter.com/qg3XxYRzbK
— OBA MARTINS (@Obafemimartins) February 18, 2016
Martins spent three seasons in Seattle, scoring 43 goals in 83 matches across all competitions since signing a Designated Player contract with the Sounders in March 2013.
His most productive year with the club came in 2014, when he recorded 17 goals and 13 assists in 31 regular season appearances to help Seattle to their first Supporters’ Shield title and fourth US Open Cup crown. He finished second in that year’s MVP voting behind the LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane.
The 31-year-old, who had 15 goals and six assists in just 21 regular season appearances last year, worked his way back onto the Nigerian national team while with the Sounders, picking up a pair of caps at the tail end of 2015. He has 18 goals in 41 career international appearances.