Sounders' Obafemi Martins wins MLS goal of the year with sumptuous lob

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Former Newcastle United and Internazionale striker Obafemi Martins has today been awarded the MLS Goal of the Year after garnering over 50 percent of the online vote on

The goal in question dates back to May 18, and a home game against the San Jose Earthquakes for Martins and current club the Seattle Sounders.

Beating off competition from the likes of Portland Timbers' Will Johnson and former Arsenal star Thierry Henry, Martins' winning effort is nothing short of audacious as he leaves San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch awestruck.

You can check it out at the bottom of this article.

Great form

Martins has enjoyed an incredibly successful second season in MLS, recording 17 goals in 31 appearances - a new club record - as well as finishing second in the race to be named MLS MVP. Fellow former EPL striker Robbie Keane, now with LA Galaxy, took home that particular award.

Martins' impressive form did though see him handed a new three-year contract in October, seeing his annual salary increased to over $3 million. And with goals like the one against San Jose it is no surprise the franchise were keen to tie him down to a long-term deal.

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Consistently Inconsistent

During his time with Newcastle United Obafemi Martins embodied the definition of a "frustratingly inconsistent" striker.

The speedy Nigerian flitted between brilliance and ineptitude during his three year spell on Tyneside before ultimately moving on from the English Premier League - bar a brief period with Birmingham City in 2011.

Now though plying his trade in Major League Soccer for the Seattle Sounders, Martins is clearly back to his impressive best. 

Take a bow

And here is the goal to prove it...

A goal befitting any end of season award I'm sure you'll agree.

The expression on opposition goalkeeper Jon Busch's face shows just how unexpected, and extraordinary, Martins' strike was.

It didn't go to waste either with the Nigerian's miraculous effort proving the difference as the Sounders ran out 1-0 winners.

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