The game in 100 words (or less): The Seattle Sounders are a much better team with Obafemi Martins in the lineup, and they showed that today with a 4-0 win over Orlando City SC. The Sounders had lost eight of their last nine matches without Martins in the lineup, but the Nigerian international tallied twice while newly signed designated player Nelson Valdez scored in his debut against an Orlando side that was forced to ten men after Tyler Turner was sent off in the first half. Once Clint Dempsey comes back from his injury, watch out for Seattle to go on a run.
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Three moments that mattered
17′ — Obafemi Martins announces his return with a goal — Obafemi Martins hadn’t played a match in more than two months, but it took him less than 20 minutes to get back on the scoresheet for Seattle. Martins showed brilliant individual skill to weave through the Orlando defense, played a quick one-two with Lamar Neagle and found the back of the net.
40′ — Tyler Turner sent off for Orlando City — Orlando City suffered a big setback when Tyler Turner was sent off. The 19-year-old made two foolish decisions, first an unnecessary foul in the corner, and then for pulling a jersey when already on a yellow card.
51′ — Nelson Valdez scores in his MLS debut — Seattle signed the Paraguayan international to a designated player contract just a few days ago, and he showed why he got the big contract in his debut. Erik Friberg threw in a cross to the near post, where Valdez ran through and flicked a beautiful header to the back post past Tally Hall.
Man of the match: Obafemi Martins — Out for two months with an injury? No problem for Obafemi Martins. Despite having a penalty kick saved, Martins still managed two goals and got the Sounders back on track with a win.
Seattle: Frei, Fisher, Marshall, Torres, Mears, Neagle, Friberg, Evans (Roldan, 81′), Rose, Martins (Jones, 66′), Valdez (Thomas, 56′)
Goals: Martins (17′, 62′), Valdez (51′), Thomas (90’+2′)
Orlando City: Hall, Boden, Mateos, Collin, Turner, Ceren (Ribeiro, 85′), Higuita, Carrasco, Kaka (Neil, 70′), Winter, Larin (Rochez, 67′)
Red Card: Turner (40′)