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Obafemi Martins wins MLS player of week

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm with No Comments »
September 16, 2013 12:35 pm

We just got a few minutes with Sounders forward/goals co-leader Obafemi Martins, who today was named MLS player of the week.

I’ll be back with his reaction (befuddled?) soon.

Here’s the release from the league:

Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for week 29 of the 2013 MLS season.

Obafemi Martins played a critical role in the Seattle’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field Friday night, scoring the game-winning goal and adding an assist. With the win, Sounders FC moved to the top spot in the Western Conference and in the Supporters’ Shield race.

It took only three minutes for Seattle to take the lead. Martins played a quick pass to Andy Rose, who was streaking down the left side of the field, continued his run inside the penalty area, and finished off Rose’s low cross past a diving Nick Rimando.

In the 38th minute, Seattle made it 2-0 when Martins slotted the ball up the right sideline, past the Salt Lake defense to DeAndre Yedlin who crossed it to Lamar Neagle. Neagle volleyed it into the back of the net for the insurance goal.

The Seattle Sounders FC are back in action Saturday, September 21 when they face the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.

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