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Martins lifts Sounders over 'Quakes

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle Sounders FC bounced back nicely on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field courtesy of a first-half strike from Obafemi Martins.

Last time out, Seattle suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the white-hot New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, but were on the front foot against the 'Quakes early and opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play.

Gonzalo Pineda got the play started when he slid the ball in behind the San Jose defenders down the left flank for Martins. With his back to goal, Martins chipped the ball over his shoulder and over the head of goalkeeper John Busch and into the bottom right corner for his fifth goal of the season.

San Jose had the better of the possession battle throughout the 90 minutes, but did little with the ball as the visitors managed just one strike on target.

The result sees the Sounders leap back into first place in the Western Conference with 25 points, two clear of second-place Real Salt Lake, while San Jose remains on 10 points and in sixth place in the West with the defeat.

05/18 00:08:52 ET

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Local
12th
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
3rd
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
6th
BAL 4
TAM 4
 
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NYM 1
ATL 5
 
5th
CWS 1
CLE 1
 
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KAN 2
MIN 4
 
4th
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TEX 2
 
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TEXAM 52
 
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LAMON 10
WAKE 10
 
2nd
MISS 7
BSU 3
 
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TULSA 7
TULA 21
 
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TEMPL
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WEBER
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
4th
BUF 0
DET 20
 
4th
CIN 28
IND 0
 
3rd
GBP 27
KAN 7
 
4th
PHI 23
NYJ 7
 
4th
MIA 7
STL 13
 
3rd
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
3rd
NYG 10
NEP 10
 
3rd
TAM 3
WAS 17
 
Half
NOS 13
BAL 16
 
2nd
CLE 14
CHI 13
 
Half
DAL 3
DEN 10
 
Half
TEN 0
MIN 16
 
2nd
HOU 6
SFX 7
 
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NOR 3
DUR 5