Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins is continuing to demonstrate how crucial he is to the team’s obvious ambitions to take their winning run all the way to title heights.
The Nigerian again proved how crucial he is when he hauled the Sounders to a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Dallas scored first and it was Martins who provided both assists for the goals in the team’s victory from a losing position.
The first contribution came when provided the cross from which Lamar Neagle equalised in the 62nd minute.
It was also a cross from Martins which allowed Kenny Cooper score the winner in the 88th minute.
Martins has now grabbed six assists – the highest in the league – since the start of the season in March.
With four goals also to his name, Martins is proving his all-round ability and his partnership with top-scoring Clint Dempsey sees Seattle sit at the top of the Western Conference with 22 points, five points ahead of second placed Real Salt Lake.
Indeed, up until this season, Martins was known mainly as just a reliable scorer of goals.
The player started his career in Italy, playing briefly for Serie C1 side Reggiana before moving on to Inter Milan where he scored 28 goals in 88 league games.
He was sold when the club signed the likes of Hernan Crespo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Martins was then signed for €15m by English Premier League side Newcastle United, where he also scored 28 goals in 88 league games from 2006 to his departure in 2009 upon the club’s relegation.
The Journeyman then had a single season spell at German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg before moving on to play in Russia and Spain prior to his move to the MLS.
At the relatively young age of 29, the player is still in his prime, with plenty of years of good football still in him.
Certainly, with rumours abound of 39-year-old legend striker Alessandro Del Piero’s imminent move to the MLS, Martins could play for another decade if his body allows.
After the victory against Dallas, Martins said, “"I'm here to help score goals as a team. Today, in the second half we deserved to win because we kept going.
“We were losing and everything, but we just kept going. We knew we could get a point, but now we're happy with three."
Martins could well continue his brilliant run of form for the Sounders; it may see them stay at the top of the Western Conference right throughout the season.
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