Obafemi Martins Sets New Goal Record

 Out-of-favour Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Obafemi Martins has set a new goal scoring record in the history of Major League Soccer, MLS side,  Seattle Sounders after netting a brace in his team’s 4-2 win over Chivas USA to take his goals tally to 15, one more than the previous record of 14 set by Eddie Johnson in 2012.

The former Inter Milan of Italy striker’s first brought Seattle back to 1-1, cancelling out an Erick Torres goal.

A Seattle own goal gave Chivas the lead for the second time as they sought to avoid a seventh consecutive defeat but Lamar Neagle levelled again for Seattle.

Obafemi Martins in action for his club
Obafemi Martins in action for his club

Martins, who once played for Newcastle of England then provided an assist for former Fulham and Tottenham forward, Clint Dempsey to put Seattle ahead for the first time before scoring his record-breaking second.

The first win in three matches moved Seattle to 57 points and back to the top of the Western Conference table, three ahead of Los Angeles Galaxy who host New York Red Bulls tonight.

Seattle and Los Angeles have already secured playoff places.  At Toronto, Michael Bradley scored in the 89th minute to complete their three-goal, second-half comeback which beat the Portland Timbers 3-2 in a game marred by a serious injury to Portland captain Will Johnson.                    Johnson broke his right fibula and tibia in the first minute when the Canadian international went shin-on-shin in a 50-50 challenge with Toronto full-back Mark Bloom as both players slid to get the ball.

Toronto defender Nick Hagglund scored a brace midway through the second-half to cancel out Fanendo Adi’s 13th-minute opener for Portland and a Steven Caldwell own goal after 16 minutes.

Pedro Morales also scored twice to lift the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 comeback victory over Real Salt Lake.

Morales scored from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute and then off a deflection in the 78th to spark a celebration as Vancouver passed Portland into the final Western Conference playoff spot.Nat Borchers scored for Real Salt Lake.

Luis Silva scored early in the first half to lift DC United to a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia Union to extend their lead over Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference to six points.

Elsewhere, Ethan Finlay opened the scoring in the second minute and Federico Higuain added a second-half goal to give the Columbus Crew a 2-0 over the Montreal Impact and Atiba Harris scored in the final minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for the San Jose Earthquakes at the Colorado Rapids.

 

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