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Martins goal gives Seattle 1-0 win over San Jose

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 12:31 am •  Published: May 18, 2014
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SEATTLE (AP) — Nigeria's Obafemi Martins scored his finest goal since joining Major League Soccer in the eighth minute to give the league-leading Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Martins, who was this week overlooked for Nigeria's World Cup training squad, scored in the 8th minute from a shallow angle just 4 yards off the end line. Instead of settling Gonzalo Pineda's pass, Martins chipped the ball with his left foot over San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and just inside the far post. It was the fifth goal of the season for Martins.

Both Seattle and San Jose have begun a potential two-month stretch with some of the top players in the league away competing at the World Cup.

Jermain Defoe and Luke Moore scored in each half as Toronto ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.

Toronto had lost four of its last five games after opening the MLS season with two consecutive wins.

Defoe hammered a right-footed shot into the top of the net in the 12th minute for his fourth goal in five MLS games.

Moore, in his home debut, scored his first goal for Toronto with a tap-in in stoppage time after a defensive miscommunication.

At Sandy, Utah, Joao Plata scored his sixth goal of the season as Real Salt Lake remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory in the opening match of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry against the Colorado Rapids.

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