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                  === Martins lifts Sounders over 'Quakes ===
 
 Seattle,  WA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Seattle Sounders FC bounced back nicely on
 Saturday with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field
 courtesy of a first-half strike from Obafemi Martins.
 
 Last  time out, Seattle  suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the white-hot
 New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, but were on the front foot against
 the 'Quakes early and opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play.
 
 Gonzalo  Pineda got  the play  started when  he slid  the ball  in behind  the
 San  Jose  defenders down the  left flank for Martins.  With his back to goal,
 Martins  chipped  the ball over  his shoulder and  over the head of goalkeeper
 John  Busch and  into  the bottom  right  corner  for his  fifth  goal of  the
 season.
 
 San  Jose  had the better of  the possession battle throughout the 90 minutes,
 but  did little  with the  ball as  the visitors  managed just  one strike  on
 target.
 
 The  result sees  the  Sounders leap  back  into first  place  in the  Western
 Conference with 25 points, two clear of second-place Real Salt Lake, while San
 Jose remains on 10 points and in sixth place in the West with the defeat.
 
 
 05/18 00:08:52 ET

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