Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins’ hot start to the 2015 MLS season has been further recognised after his brace and assist in Sunday night's 3-1 win at New York City FC earned him the league's Player of the Week award.
The Nigerian opened the scoring at Yankee Stadium in the 23rd-minute after racing onto the end of Marco Pappa’s throughball to slot past Josh Saunders, before setting up Clint Dempsey to put the visitors back in front just before the hour mark with a tricky move and cross from the left wing.
Martins then sealed the result in the 66th-minute, collecting his strike-partner’s clever backheel chip and racing through the New York defence, before slotting his shot inside the far post to ensure Sigi Schmid’s side took all three points back to the Pacific Northwest.
His talismanic showing was enough to ensure he was voted week nine’s star performer, while the two strikes also saw the former Premier League ace take sole lead of the league’s scoring charts with six goals from seven games.
An MVP finalist in 2014, after scoring 17 times and adding 13 assists in 31 regular-season appearances, his current form would suggest that he is set for another standout season in the States.