Martins helps nip San Jose

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comMay 18, 2014 

SEATTLE — Around the middle of the week, forward Obafemi Martins acknowledged that he might have to take on more goal-scoring responsibility for Seattle Sounders FC.

Just eight minutes after the first kick Saturday, he came through spectacularly with a tightly angled chip that sent the Sounders to a 1-0 win over San Jose before an MLS-season-high crowd of 49,746 at CenturyLink Field.

Martins took a pass from Gonzalo Pineda about 5 yards from the end line and well left of the near post. He one-touched it with his left foot, hooking the ball over goalkeeper Jon Busch and bending it into the side netting of the far post.

It was Martins’ fifth goal of a season in which he also has six assists.

Earlier in the week, he had said he might need to add to his scoring now that club goals-leader Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin are away with the United States national team.

On Saturday, coach Sigi Schmid adjusted his lineup by moving Kenny Cooper alongside Martins at forward. He also reworked three-fourths of a back line that had given up five goals the previous weekend at New England, keeping Chad Marshall in the middle surrounded by Leo Gonzalez, Jalil Anibaba and Zach Scott, who wore the captain’s armband.

The result kept Seattle (8-3-1) atop the Major League Soccer standings. San Jose fell to 2-4-4.

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