SoundersÔÇÖ win over Chivas USA comes with stiff price Super Eagles forward,Obafemi Martins scored his fourth goal of the Major League Season and was sent off in his club, Seattle SoundersÔÇÖ 2-0 defeat of Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California,USA.
The Nigerian scored what proved to be the winner in the 22nd minute when he took a pass from Lamar Neagle into the penalty area and calmly chipped a goal in over Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
The goal was the fourth of the season for Martins, and at 317 minutes it was the quickest any Sounders player has ever reached the four-goal mark.
Martins would however got sent off in the 70th minute when referee Ricardo Salazar showed him a red card after his foot appeared to whack the head of ChivasÔÇÖ Gabriel Farfan as the two went to the ground in a tangle.
Unless the red card is rescinded, Martins will miss the SoundersÔÇÖ next MLS match Saturday, when Vancouver visits CenturyLink Field.
Meanwhile Martins has claimed the refereeÔÇÖs decision to send him off was harsh.
ÔÇ£It was the refereeÔÇÖs decision and there isnÔÇÖt anything I can do about it. For me, I didnÔÇÖt do anything. I was trying to get up and get the ball back, and (Farfan), he screamed, and the referee just looked at him, and they gave me a red card.ÔÇØ
The Nigerian also spoke about the game.
ÔÇ£It is a good win. We needed the three points really bad and we got them. We just had to win today.ÔÇØ
He also spoke on his goal: ÔÇ£Lamar [Neagle] gave me the first touch and after I touched the ball like two, three times I decided what I was going to do. The goalkeeper didnÔÇÖt really move. [Dan Kennedy] just stood there. I decided what I was going to do and it was a good goal.ÔÇØ