Martins Leads Sounders over Rapids for First Win of Season

Wes MurryContributor IIIApril 21, 2013

Apr 20, 2013; Commerce City, CO, USA; Seattle Sounders supporters react after time expires and the Sounders defeat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After a franchise worst 0-3-2 start, the Seattle Sounders FC have finally won a game this season. 

New designated player, forward Obafemi Martins, scored the only goal in the 27th minute against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. 

The play began with Shalrie Joseph shooting from the top of the box.  That shot was saved by Rapids keeper Clint Irwin but returned by Martins.  Joseph impressed fans from both teams with a celebratory cartwheel-backflip.

Unfortunately, Sounders fans have seen just three backflips this season—and the Sounders have played six of their 34 games. 

Martins, Joseph, DeAndre Yedlin, Marc Burch and Lamar Neagle were all acquired during what appeared to be a strong offseason.  Sounders’ star Fredy Montero was sent away on loan to Colombia, but between Martins, Joseph, Neagle and Eddie Johnson, that didn’t look like a big problem.

Montero is the Sounders franchise leader in goals and assists with 47 balls finding the net and 36 assists.  He has led the Sounders with goals scored all but last year (Montero had 13, Johnson netted 14) and assists all four years (besides this season).  On loan to Millonarios in Colombia, Montero already has three goals in eight games.

If the Sounders do not bring back Montero, the biggest fanbase in American soccer will certainly demand someone else capable of scoring like Fredy.