Seattle parts ways with designated player Tiffert

The Seattle Sounders and designated player Christian Tiffert

have agreed to part ways after the sides agreed to a buyout.

Seattle announced the expected roster move just hours before its

season opener against Montreal on Saturday. The move opens a

designated player spot on Seattle’s roster and the Sounders have

been in talks with Spanish club Levante about acquiring striker

Obafemi Martins.

Tiffert played just one half of a season in Seattle. He joined

the Sounders in the middle of the 2012 season and made 12

appearances, but found himself in a wash of talented midfielders on

Seattle’s roster with the emergence of Mario Martinez, the return

to full health of Steve Zakuani and the recent acquisition of

Shalrie Joseph.