Obafemi Martins said he thought a full preseason with the Sounders would help him.
That looked to be the case Wednesday, at least, as the designated player scored both goals in Seattle’s first preseason game, a 2-1 win against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
Martins’ goals came in the 27th and 29th minutes, each set up within six yards of the net by midfielders Lamar Neagle and Andy Rose, respectively. Former Sounders forward Mike Fucito scored the lone goal for San Jose in the 86th minute.
Seattle continues to run of four games in five days at 10:30 a.m. Thursday against Vancouver.
The Sounders started several of its newcomers from a wild offseason against the Earthquakes, including goalkeeper Stefan Frei, defender Chad Marshall, midfielder Tristan Bowen and forward Kenny Cooper (full lineups below).
Frei was the only Sounder to play the whole game, as field players only played 45 minutes. He made a spectacular diving save in the 24th minute, on a flick header by Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi off a free kick.
Rookie defender Jimmy Ockford appeared to suffer a knee injury in the closing moments, after colliding with Frei, but noted on Twitter that he “got it checked and nothing’s wrong so I should be good!”
Here are the highlights:
Here is an interview with coach Sigi Schmid (another with Frei here):
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Feb. 5 — San Jose Earthquakes (W, 2-1)
Feb. 6 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 8 — Portland Timbers FC, 5 p.m.
Feb. 9 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 22 — Charleston Battery, 1:15 p.m.
Feb. 26 — Houston Dynamo, 11 a.m.
March 1 — D.C. United, 11 a.m.
SOUNDERS FC 2, SAN JOSE 1
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Andy Rose, Jalil Anibaba) 27′
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Andy Rose, Dylan Remick) 29′
SJ – Mike Fucito (Atiba Harris) 86′
Seattle Sounders FC
First Half: Stefan Frei, Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore, Dylan Remick, Tristan Bowen, Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose, Lamar Neagle, Kenny Cooper, Obafemi Martins.
Second Half: Stefan Frei, Tarek Morad, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe, Jimmy Ockford, Alex Caskey, Michael Azira, David Estrada, Aaron Kovar, Long Tan, Eriq Zavaleta.
Substitutes Not Used: John McCarthy, Fabio Pereira, Dzenan Catic.
San Jose Earthquakes
David Bingham (Bryan Meredith 46), Jon Otsemobor (Andreas Gorlitz 46), Victor Bernardez (Daniel Welsh 46), Joe Sofia (Ty Harden 46), Shaun Francis (Jordan Stewart 46), Cordell Cato (Atiba Harris 46), Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (JJ Koval), Walter Martinez (Juan Baena 46), Sam Garza (A.J. Corrado 46), Billy Schuler (Mike Fucito 46), Steven Lenhart (Adam Jahn 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Brandon Barklage.
SJ – Billy Schuler (caution) 2′
SJ – Steven Lenhart (caution) 22′
SJ – Atiba Harris (caution) 51′
SEA – Damion Lowe (caution) 79′
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.