Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins has become the first man to be voted the Complete Sports Player of the Month three times this year.
The former Inter Milan man beat Vincent Enyeama, who has won the award twice, and Victor Moses to the September honours after one of the closest votes in the series.
Martins, who won the fans’ poll in May and August, completed his unique ‘three-peat’ with 46 per cent of the votes; Enyeama got 30 per cent, while Moses got 24 per cent.
September 2014 will perhaps go down in history as the most productive month in Martins’ career. The former Inter Milan and Newcastle striker has always been a goalscorer, but he will also be impressed with his own form last month.
Martins was at his prolific best in September, scoring six goals in six matches in all competitions.
The pacy forward started the month with a bang, bagging a brace as the Seattle Sounders defeated Chivas USA 4-2 on 4 September in an away Major League Soccer fixture.
Nine days later, Martins netted again as the Sounders, this time at home, defeated Real Salt Lake 3-2.
On 17 September, Martins, on as a second half substitute, scored in extra-time as the Sounders beat Philadelphia Union 3-1 in the US Open Cup, although he fired blanks as his side lost 4-1 at New York Red Bulls four days later.
Martins also failed to score when the Sounders lost 3-1 at Dallas on 25 September. But he took his frustrations out on his ‘friends’ at Chivas USA when they came visiting on 27 September.
Chivas must be sick of the sight of the Nigerian as he hit another brace in another 4-2 win, taking his individual tally against the Carson, California team to four goals in two games. Martins opened September with a brace against Chivas and closed the month with another brace against the same team. Remarkable.
The September goalfest has taken Martins’ MLS goals to 15, the most goals by a Sounders player ever, and earned him a nomination as MLS Player of the Month. Martins has been voted Complete Sports Player of the Month twice.
HOW OUR READERS VOTED:
OBAFEMI – 46%
ENYEAMA – 30%