Kim Kee-Hee joins Seattle Sounders after seeking advice from Obafemi Martins

Former Newcastle United back flipper Obafemi Martins has helped South Korean international player Kim Kee-Hee in his decision to join Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer (MLS). Both players played together at Shanghai Shenhua and Martins had previously played for Seattle in the MLS.

Kim talked about how Martins helped him make his decision in his first interview since moving stateside, “I played with Obafemi Martins in China, and he put in a lot of good words about Seattle,” Kim said through an interpreter. “He talked about a lot of fans in Seattle. I had a lot of fans in China. But after seeing this stadium, I want to step in here and play right now”.

Kim insisted his reasons for leaving China were due to the foreign player restrictions in the Chinese Super League, where only 3 foreign players can be on the pitch at the same time. This has caused him to have limited opportunities for game time in China, which could be very problematic for Kim if he wants to have any chance of going to Russia.

Kim was considered as a backup defender in South Korea’s qualifying by only playing in six of their 18 qualifiers. Kim sounds determined to fight his way into South Korea’s squad for the finals, and he sees the move to Seattle as the ideal platform to allow him to do just that. Kim mentioned briefly about needing to get ready for the World Cup by saying, “I am very excited as a soccer player to go to the World Cup,” Kim said. “I need to get ready for the World Cup too”.

By the looks of things, if Kim has any chance of going to the World Cup then he really does need to hit the ground running at Seattle, especially as the K-League is up and running again and competition for squad places will be as fierce as ever, it will be interesting to see if a move to the MLS was the best choice in this regard, only time will tell.

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