It’s hard to read too much into preseason, but if one thing is clear, it’s that Obafemi Martins looks ready. The DP forward scored again for Sounders FC as the team came back from an early deficit in a 1-1 tie Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo in the Carolina Challenge Cup.
Seattle is 5-0-2 in preseason, 1-0-1 in the tournament ahead of Saturday’s finale against D.C. United. Houston is 0-1-1.
The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Brad Davis, as the Sounders faced their first preseason deficit (believe it or not). Martins equalized in the 44th minute off a cross from Lamar Neagle, who played at forward.
Martins has a team-leading three goals in just 240 minutes, mostly against what you would deem strong squads from MLS opponents.
DeAndre Yedlin was able to go 45 minutes in his return from a sprained ankle and Leo Gonzalez put in another 45 minutes in his continued return from offseason groin surgery.
One issue left to be resolved for Seattle is at goalkeeper, though, where Stefan Frei and Marcus Hahnemann continue to split time. Frei played all 90 minutes Wednesday, but coach Sigi Schmid told reporters there is no resolution yet in the position battle.
Here is an interview with Schmid:
Here is one with Frei:
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Feb. 5 — San Jose Earthquakes (W, 2-1)
Feb. 6 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W, 2-1)
Feb. 8 — Portland Timbers FC (T, 0-0)
Feb. 9 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W, 2-1)
Feb. 22 — Charleston Battery (W, 2-1)
Feb. 23 — vs. College of Charleston (W, 5-0)
Feb. 26 — vs. Houston Dynamo, (T, 1-1)
Mar. 1 — vs. D.C. United, 2 p.m.
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SOUNDERS FC 1, HOUSTON 1
HOU – Brad Davis (Tony Cascio) 14′
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Lamar Neagle) 44′
Seattle Sounders FC: Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin (Jimmy Ockford 46′), Chad Marshall (Jalil Anibaba 46′), Zach Scott (Damion Lowe 46′), Leo Gonzalez (Dylan Remick 46′), Sean Okoli (Tristan Bowen 46′, David Estrada 81′), Osvaldo Alonso (Brad Evans 46′), Gonzalo Pineda (Michael Azira 46′), Alex Caskey (Marco Pappa 46′), Lamar Neagle (Cam Weaver 46′, Chad Barrett 81′), Obafemi Martins (Kevin Parsemain 46′).
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Andy Rose, Fabio Pereira
Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46′), Kofi Sarkodie (Anthony Arena 46′), Eric Brunner (David Horst 46′), Jermaine Taylor (AJ Cochran 46′), Corey Ashe (Mike Chabala 46′), Tony Cascio (Brian Ownby 46′), Ricardo Clark (Alexander Lopez 46′), Boniek Garcia (Jason Johnson 46′), Brad Davis (Andrew Driver 46′), Giles Barnes (Omar Cummings 46′), Will Bruin (Mark Sherrod 46′).
HOU – Anthony Arena (caution) 72′
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.