Obafemi Martins scored two goals in the first Sounders FC competition of the new year Wednesday, leading Seattle to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in an exhibition friendly in Tucson, Ariz.
Martins’ goals came on assists by Andy Rose in the 27th and 29th minutes.
Rose took a throw-in and directed it to Martins, who sent it across the line for the Sounders’ first goal. Two minutes later, Rose took a cross from Dylan Remick and headed to Martins, who finished from in front of the goal.
San Jose’s lone goal came from former Sounder Mike Fucito in the 86th minute.
Newly acquired Stefan Frei went the whole way in goal. Joining him in the starting lineup were defenders Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore and Remick; midfielders Tristan Bowen, Osvaldo Alonso, Rose and Lamar Neagle; and forwards Kenny Cooper and Martins.
Starting the second half were defenders Tarek Morad, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe and Jimmy Ockford; midfielders Alex Caskey, Michael Azira, David Estrada and Aaron Kovar; and forwards Long Tan and Eriq Zavaleta.
The Sounders return to action at 10:30 a.m. Thursday against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Casa Grande, Ariz.
The Sounders have announced the start times for two more regular-season games. Their match against the Earthquakes at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., will begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and will be televised on NBC Sports Network. Their Sept. 27 home match against Chivas USA will begin at 1 p.m. ... Newly acquired midfielder Marco Pappa reported to camp Monday and could be ready for game participation by Saturday. ... Midfielder Brad Evans and defender DeAndre Yedlin are expected to join the Sounders on Thursday after spending the past four weeks with the U.S. men’s national team.Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer @donruiztnt