Martins earns MLS Player of the Week honor
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins was named the Player of the Week on Monday for Week 24 of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.
Martins scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third on Sunday as Seattle rolled to a 4-2 victory over Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
Martins kicked off the scoring with the first goal of the match in the 18th minute. Seattle midfielder Brad Evans made a run down the right side of the field and sent a low ball across the front of goal that Martins directed into the back of the net from close range.
In the 34th minute, Martins initiated a counterattack following a Portland Timbers corner. Martins collected the ball in the Sounders� half, carried it down the field and found Clint Dempsey with a perfectly weighted through ball. Dempsey slotted the ball past Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts for the 2-0 lead.
Martins capped off his night with a goal in the 76th minute when he eluded two Timbers players, quickly combined with Gonzalo Pineda near the top of the 18- yard box and then powered through a couple of Timbers defenders before beating Ricketts near post.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North America Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
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