Labelled surplus to requirements by underfire Super Eagles head coach,Stephen Keshi,Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins has been named on as one of three finalists to win this year’s MLS Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
The former Inter Milan of Italy star has been in outstanding form for Sounders this season and has made histroy as the first Sounders’ player to be named among the finalists for the most prestigious award in the MLS.
The Nigerian got off to a bit of a slow start this year, scoring just one goal in his first six matches, but also showed a side of his game Sounders hadn’t really seen before. Despite coming to the club known pretty much as a pure scorer, Martins was proving himself quite the playmaker and also had three assists in those early games.
The scoring came soon enough, though. Martins would finish the year with a career-high 17 goals — plus two more in U.S. Open Cup play — to go along with 13 assists. He was just the third player since 2001 to register 30 combined goals and assists in a MLS season.