Nelson Valdez Turned Down Offers From China To Stay In MLS
Brandon Farris - VAVEL USA

Seattle Sounders striker Nelson Valdez lost his strike partner Obafemi Martins to a move to China this offseason and could've followed suit, but decided to stay in Major League Soccer with Seattle.

Valdez was reportedly subject of interest from more than one Chinese side but turned down the offer to stay in the United States.

Martins Out, Valdez Stays Put

With Martins' departure, the Sounders lost a key part of their side but Valdez's decision to stick with the team will be a major boost. Valdez, 32, signed as a Designated Player with Seattle last season and remaining with the MLS side could prove pivotal, especially after the loss of Martins to China.

Valdez spoke to The Seattle Times on the rumored interest from a Chinese side, saying, "I am happy in Seattle so I want to stay and focus in Seattle."

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Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

There were rumors of Valdez drawing interest from clubs in Colombia but Valdez also denied those links, insisting he wanted to stay with the Seattle Sounders. 

Looking Ahead

Seattle will remain a threat with Clint Dempsey and emerging talent Jordan Morris to accompany Valdez in attack. This will be Valdez's first full MLS season with Seattle and he will be aiming to produce with Copa America Centenario coming up this summer. 

The Sounders and head coach Sigi Schmid will be hoping to continue as one of the league's better sides, despite the departure of Obafemi Martins. Seattle reached the conference semifinals in last year's playoffs before succumbing to a loss to FC Dallas on penalties. 

Valdez scored once in seven regular season games last year before scoring once in the postseason, showing a sign of things to come for the Paraguayan international. His form next season will likely be crucial to any success the Sounders have or hope to have.

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