Obafemi Martins scores audacious half-volley (gif)

Will we see a better goal this year? Possibly, but let's enjoy this, shall we?

Obafemi Martins said earlier this week that he'd be treating these next few weeks like his own, personal World Cup. Little did we know what he had in mind.

In the Seattle Sounders' first game without their United States national team trio, Martins scored what might just be the Goal of the Year. That it also turned out to be the game-winner in a match the Sounders absolutely needed three points from only served to underscore just how great of a goal it was.

Like most world-class goals, what makes this special is not just the execution but that Martins even thought to try it. Virtually any other player either tries to blast a shot near post or, even more likely, tries to control the ball and allow his teammates to join the play. But Martins saw something that no one else saw: an open back post and used his first touch to flip the ball into the side netting.

One more time for good measure:

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