Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins is no stranger to scoring spectacular goals, as his effort in last weekend’s 3-1 win at the Colorado Rapids further underlined.
With the Sounders 2-1 up in the 73rd-minute, the ex-Nigeria international brought down an Andy Rose long ball and split Rapids centre-backs Bobby Burling and Drew Moor with a deft first touch and spin move, before slotting past goalkeeper Clint Irwin to ice the result.
Those watching at the time immediately pegged the strike as an MLS Goal of the Week winner and so it proved, as Martins took home week seven’s award in comprehensive fashion, earning just over 64 per cent of the vote to leave second-place Sebastian Giovinco’s 14 per cent and the rest of the pack trailing in his wake.
Martins has an impressive track record when it comes to the competition too, having earned no less than five Goal of the Week awards last season, including for his stunning chip against the San Jose Earthquakes which would go on to win Goal of the Season honours.
An MVP finalist in 2014, after scoring 17 times and adding 13 assists in 31 regular-season appearances, the former Premier League star has also started this term in hot form with four goals in five games, and should prove crucial to Seattle’s hopes of winning a first-ever MLS Cup title going forward.