Seattle parts ways with designated player Tiffert foxsports Mar 2, 2013 at 5:13p ET 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 Article continues below ... 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.