Seattle Sounders Obafemi Martins wins Player of the Week

Obafemi Martins

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The last 24 hours have been extremely good for Obafemi Martins. After scoring a brace and adding an assist in the Seattle Sounders rout over the Portland Timbers Sunday afternoon, Martins was named the Player of the Week.

The Nigerian forward beat out New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry, who also had two goals and one assist, and Philadelphia Union‘s Sebastien Le Toux, who had a goal and three assists.

Martins, who is the second Sounders player after Clint Dempsey to be voted Player of the Week this season, set the tone for the impressive win in the 18th minute. He put away a Brad Evans cross before turning into the provider by sparking an incredible counterattack that ended with Dempsey scoring in the 34th.

Martins then completed his brace and put the game well out of reach for Portland in the second half. He somehow dribbled between and around four or five Portland defenders before putting a shot past a helpless Donovan Ricketts in the 76th minute.

This is exactly what Seattle and Martins needed. Martins had not scored a goal in league play since June 7th against Chicago, also a brace. Martins plays well when it comes to all aspects of the game. He is extremely gifted with his feet and holds the ball up well, which is evident on Dempsey’s goal in the 34th minute.

If Martins can continue to play the way he did against Portland, Seattle will have a good chance to remain on  top of the league and he should also be strongly considered for league MVP.

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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