MLS Snapshot: SJ Earthquakes 1-1 Seattle Sounders

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The game in 100 words (or less): With 10 minutes left to play at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night, the Seattle Sounders’ 2015 season was slowly slipping away. Down 1-0, they were barely 10 minutes from finding themselves in a four way tie for Western Conference playoff places four through seven, having played more games than their three competitors. Then, Obafemi Martins popped up with an opportunist’s goal to equalize in the 82nd minute and, at least for now, improve the Sounders’ playoff hopes just a tad. They’re by no means out of the woods following their 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes, but now fifth is the worst they can find themselves once this weekend is in the books. For the Earthquakes, it’s a disappointing result for a side that so desperately need to hold on for three points at home. After winning three straight to get back into the race, they’ve now dropped five points in their last two games.

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Three moments that mattered

37′ — Wondo + post = ‘Quakes heartbreak — This is a textbook turn-and-shoot move from Chris Wondolowski, who definitely deserved a goal for the way he freezes Roman Torres, collects the ball, spins and fires with his left foot.

70′ — Alashe’s header makes it 1-0 — A great ball in from Matias Perez Garcia found Fatai Alashe, on Fatai Alashe bobblehead night, because of course, and the rookie midfielder/defender flicked a delicate, glancing header inside the far post to beat Stefan Frei.

82′ — Martins’ acrobatic finish makes it 1-1 — David Bingham did well to save Zach Scott’s powerful header from close range, but the rebound floated to Martins, who quickly spun away from goal and booted the ball into the back of the net with an acrobatic finish.

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Man of the match: Obafemi Martins

Goalscorers: Alashe (70′), Martins (82′)