It was a goal that won’t soon by forgotten. Obafemi Martins‘ eighth-minute chip to lead Sounders FC to a 1-0 home win Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes might end up as a possible Goal of the Year contender.
It should be no surprise then that the chip (watch it here) was a key talking point in postgame interviews. Here is a collection of what was said:
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“I saw Gonzo with the ball, and I just made the run and he got me the ball. There was nothing I could do other than just play it over the top of the goalkeeper. Afterward, I wasn’t sure if I had scored, so I listened to the fans’ reaction.” — Martins
“Fantastic goal by Oba, showing his quality. … That’s an outstanding goal. The guile he has to get a touch on it and get it over Busch, it’s an athletic ability. You can’t teach that. It’s something that somebody has. It’s definitely as good a goal as has been scored here.” — Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid.
“It was awesome. … Great vision by him. I don’t know a lot of other people in the league who can pull that off.” — Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall.
“He’s a world-class player. … He just finds a way. … That’s the kind of player Oba is: world class, great quality and not afraid to try something like that.” — Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
“It was an amazing goal. That’s why he is the caliber that he is. We’re lucky that he’s with us.” — Sounders FC defender Jalil Anibaba.
“It wasn’t that great of a pass, but Oba did great. The goal—the whole thing was Oba.” — Sounders FC midfielder Gonzalo Pineda.
“A wonder goal. … I don’t know if anyone knows if that was intentional. In that position, you just try to get the ball across the face of goal and it snuck in the top corner. Credit to him — he got there and put the ball in a dangerous spot where it least has a chance to go in. It happens, and unfortunately we were chasing the game from that point.” — San Jose coach Mark Watson.
“You tip your cap to him; that’s a big time finish from that angle. The only place you expect him to put it is at the near post. That’s the only angle he’s got and he finds the back post. You tip your hat to him because there’s nothing you can do. Doesn’t matter who you are or where you play, that’s a good goal. … He’s a world class forward and he proved it tonight on that one.” — San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch
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And here is another quick Q&A with Martins on the goal. He smiled through a lot of it, so the tone was somewhat coy:
(How did you see that goal playing out?) “I just want to score goals. That’s what I did, and I’m glad.”
(Was it a shot or a cross?) “I just want to score. It went in, so I’m glad that I scored.”
(Have you seen a replay yet?) “Not yet.”
(Are you looking forward to it?) “Can’t wait.”