MLS MVP: Obafemi Martins Should be Considered

courtesy Seattle Sounders FC Facebook Page

courtesy Seattle Sounders FC Facebook Page

There is about a third of the season left at this point and if the season ended today and if I had a vote for MLS MVP, my vote would go to Seattle Sounders forward, Obafemi Martins.

Are there players having a better season statistically speaking?

Yes. But being an MVP is more then scoring goals and dishing out assists.

Martins has showed how valuable and important he is to the Sounders. I’m not taking anything away from what Clint Dempsey has done for the Sounders this year, but I strongly believe Martins is the true MVP of the team and league.

I know Bradley Wright-Phillips is having a career year in New York, but that team has a ton of playmakers. Seattle has their fair share as well but I truly believe if it was not for Martins, Seattle would not be anywhere close to what they are this season.

Obafemi Martins is tied for the team lead in goals with Dempsey with ten. Martins also leads the team in assists with eight. There is more to him then stats. Sunday’s match against Portland shows exactly what I am talking about. He demands the respect of other teams center backs as they must always keep their eyes on him at all times. He is extremely quick and very talented with the ball at his feet.

On his second goal of the game against Portland, he received the ball with two defenders around him. He spun around and found an open Gonzalo Pineda, who then pass it right back to him and he somehow split three other defenders. All of a sudden he was one on one with Donovan Ricketts and slotted into the near post.

There is also this little beauty he has three months ago playing against the San Jose Earthquakes. Jon Busch’s face says it all


I still smile every time I see that goal.

Martins was named MLS Player of the Week this week when he accounted for four goals, scoring two and assisting on two others. He is strong in holding up play and waiting for his teammates to arrive. That showed on Seattle’s second goal of the night after he received the ball at midfield and was all alone going against three defenders. He waited just long enough for Dempsey to to arrive from making his incredibly long run and calmly passed it to him before he passed the last defender. Dempsey calmly put the ball past a sprawling Ricketts for an early two goal lead.

Do I think Obafemi Martins will be name league MVP?

I say no as I want to give an honest answer. It will most likely go to Wright-Phillips who is having an outstanding season and it would be rightfully deserved. Martins deserves it as well because he does so much more then score goals.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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