MLS Player of the Week is a new concept to Obafemi Martins, who only came to the league this year.
Either way, the honor has been bestowed on the forward after his one-goal, one-assist performance Friday against Real Salt Lake, as a 2-0 win vaulted Seattle to first place.
Martins reaction to winning the award?
“I don’t know about it, but thank you,” he said. “I appreciate that. … I hope I continue to play well and try to score goals.”
Martins has eight goals, tied for the team lead, in just 17 games this season. He scored 0.60 goals every 90 minutes, which is in the top 10 in the league, and the Sounders are 9-0 in games he has either a goal or assist.
I believe Eddie Johnson was the last Sounder to win Player of the Week, and that came in May after his two-goal performance against FC Dallas.
After a jump is a bit more from our conversation with Martins:
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(On beating RSL…) “I think playing Real Salt Lake, we knew that they’re not a bad team at all, and we wanted to try to climb the ladder to be on top of them. We spoke about it, we went through it, we did our best, and we won, which is good.”
(On the talent-laden offense…) “When you have good players like them, I think I’m really excited to play alongside with them. I hope we continue to play together and try to know each other better and try to do well.”
(On getting to know each other better this week in practice…) “I think we’re just taking it easy for now. I think we’re going to really start training again tomorrow. I think we have a break on Wednesday and we’re going to play on Saturday the Galaxy. We know they are a good team. They have good players. We’re going to do our possible best to do our best and try to get the three points.”
(On the team’s confidence…) “We’re doing well, so the fact that we win, of course we have confidence. I think it’s not enough. We have to try and do well, continue to do well and see what’s going to happen.”