Obafemi Martins scored both goals tonight as the Seattle Sounders took care of business in their 2-0 win over D.C. United at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington.
Once again United were powerless on offense getting shut out for the 11th time in 18th matches this season and the 7th time in 8 road matches. Chris Pontius seemed to be the only player capable of generating any offense by forcing a pair of saves from Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning late in the second half but the damage was already done for the Black-and-Red. With four starters out of the lineup due to injury, fatigue and International call ups, United were forced to put out a watered down version of their already timid lineup and Seattle wasted no time taking advantage
In the 20th minute, Sounders midfielder Brad Evans collected a ball at midfield and spotted a run straight at goal by Martins. United were playing a very high line defensively and the speedy Designated Player made United pay with his team-leading fifth goal of the season. United seemed to equalize just three minutes later but a very close offside call on Lionard Pajoy negated his classy finish and United were down 1-0 at the half once again.
In the second half United seemed the side more likely to score as they were pushing the attack to the Sounders. However, an endless string of poor decisions from United’s frustrated attackers killed nearly every possible opportunity to equalize. The reasons were many and varied tonight for United’s futility in attack. Numerous offside calls, poor crosses and bad decisions on simple passes out of pressure were once again the death knell for United.
Just when it seemed that United might squeak out a deserved equalizer, that pesky defensive blunder that has been omnipresent all season long cropped up in stoppage time. James Riley did his duty and helped out Ethan White in closing down a pass for Martins heading towards goal. However, instead of clearing the ball out of danger on his first touch, Riley inexplicably tried to push the ball past Martins but only managed to push the ball right into his path and the Nigerian striker easily beat Joe Willis from eight yards out for the final nail in United’s coffin.
A very tired and broken United will now travel to Colorado to play the Rapids on Sunday night ending a stretch of matches that has seen United play 5 matches in 16 days. After that match, United will be off for nearly two weeks before resuming league play in Chicago on July 20th.