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Martins salvages 1-1 draw for Sounders

The Seattle Sounders picked up a point today in Houston, although not the win that they needed to assure their place in the MLS playoffs.

However, the 1-1 draw with Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium was enough to eliminate the Dynamo from the playoff race.

The Dynamo’s goal followed the Sounders losing the ball on their own end. Houston quickly worked the ball down its left side, where Brad Davis sent a pass to the top of the penalty arc. Ricardo Clark received it with a few yards of space in front of him and sent it just inside the left post.

In the 82nd minute, Obafemi Martins headed in the equalizer from about a yard in front of the Dynamo goal.

Seattle (14-13-6) extended its unbeaten run to seven games, climbing to 48 points and at least temporarily moving into a fourth-place tie with Sporting Kansas City, pending the result of Portland’s match at Los Angeles tonight.

The Sounders moved to 0-3-2 at Houston (11-13-9) in a regular-season series in which the road team has never won.

Chad Marshall returned to the Seattle central defense, just 18 days after being taken from the training pitch in an ambulance after suffering a neck injury later diagnosed as a sprain. He missed the home draw with Los Angeles that week, but the bye week the followed allowed him to miss just one match.

The Sounders conclude their seventh MLS regular season at 6 p.m. Sunday when Real Salt Lake visits CenturyLink Field, which will be open to full capacity.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.