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By RYAN TOLMICH
In the face of all of the pressure that comes with taking on your fiercest rival, Obafemi Martins decided to just dribble right around.
The Seattle Sounders forward scored a pair of goals and picked up an assist in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Portland Timbers, with the Nigerian’s second finish coming of the spectacular variety.
With the Timbers defense bearing down on him, Martins dribbled into and around those marking him starting on the left side. Martins’ run saw him weave around five separate Timbers defenders before emerging all alone in the center of the box to lift the ball over goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts the Sounder’s fourth and final goal.
Martins’ performance was perhaps his best in a Sounders shirt, earning the forward recognition as SBI MLS Player of the Week. Martins beat out a stacked list of candidates, including Thierry Henry, Andrew Wenger, Fabian Castillo and Justin Meram.
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