Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Mariners outscored D.C. United by two goals on Wednesday, and he’s closing in on catching them for the season.
Martins recorded his team-high fifth and sixth goals of the season, sending the Sounders to a 2-0 win at CenturyLink Field.
D.C. United (2-13-3) has scored eight goals in 18 games this season, and one goal over eight road games.
Seattle (7-5-3) got the only goal it would need in the 19th minute when Brad Evans took the ball around midfield and slipped a pass forward to Martins, who received it a step behind D.C. right back James Riley, a former Sounder. Martins took the pass just atop United’s penalty area, and when he got just inside it, he fired a low shot that beat goalkeeper Joe Willis to the near post.
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The goal was Martins’ fifth of the season, moving him alone into the team lead, one ahead of Eddie Johnson and Lamar Neagle.
The game opened up considerably in the second half, with both teams getting dangerous chances.
But Martins added the clincher in stoppage time, scoring from close range.
The game was played before a crowd of 39,180, the third-largest of the season. However, many missed the start of the match while standing in long lines as the club introduced a new medal-detection wanding policy at the stadium gates.
The will return to training today, preparing for their MLS match Saturday at Vancouver.Attendance:
39,180 ... third largest this season behind Vancouver and Portland.
Through 60 minutes: Still Sounders 1-0. Last 15 minutes probably D.C.'s best of the match, however.
Second half: ... has just begun.
Halftime: Sounders, 1-0.
Shots 3-1 SEA; on goal 1-1; corners 2-1 DC; offside 6-2 DC; duels percentage 54.2 DC; possession 57.1% SEA.
20th minute: GOAL Seattle. Obafemi Martins gets behind DC defense on breakaway and that is that. Sounders 1-0.
First kick: ... has been struck. Sounders in rave/blue; D.C. in black/black.
Far more empty seats than usual, as apparently new wanding security measures are creating huge crowds of fans outside still waiting to get in. We'll get Sounders comment later.
Lineups: For Seattle: Gspurning; Scott, Hurtado, Traore, Gonzalez; Rosales, Carrasco, Rose, Evans; Martins, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann, Burch, Estrada, Ianni, Joseph, Neagle, Ochoa.
D.C. United just tweeted these starters: Willis, Korb, White, Woolard, Riley, Nyassi, Rochat, Kitchen, Porter, Pontius, Pajoy ... and these subs: Dykstra, Shanosky, Saragosa, Thorrington, Kemp, Ruiz, Townsend.
Pregame: It's a gloriously beautiful day, as you may have noticed, and likely will be followed by an ideal night for soccer as the Sounders face struggling D.C. United, 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.
The game will be shown on KONG, heard on the usual radio outlets, and blogged here with Twitter updates @donruiztnt.If you're coming to the stadium, remember this is the first game in which there will be a metal-detecting wanding before entry.
I'll be back with lineups or any other news as it happens.