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Steve Zakuani Scores Twice, Mario Martinez Impresses In Reserve League

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Steve Zakuani is not quite ready to reclaim his spot as the Seattle Sounders' starting left midfielder, but on Sunday he showed that he's getting close. Zakuani scored a pair of goals in a Reserve League game, the first he's scored in any match since breaking his leg last May, as the Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 3-2.

The performance was impressive not just because of the goals, but how he looked in scoring them. After a somewhat regrettable first half in which he was dispossessed on at least a couple occasions, Zakuani looked much stronger in the second half.

His first goal was vintage Zakuani, as he got behind the defense to receive a Michael Seamon pass and beat the goalkeeper with a nice side-footed finish inside the far post. The second, which he dubbed a "Fredy Montero goal", came after a corner kick bounced around the goal box and Zakuani was at the far post to clean it up.

Beyond the goals, it was also encouraging to see Zakuani play the full 90 minutes and actually get stronger as the match wore on. It was the second straight game in which Zakuani had gone the distance and he said he's starting to feel like his old self.

The other particularly notable performance belonged to new Sounder Mario Martinez. The Honduran international played 67 minutes and, while he didn't have any stats to show for it, showed what made him so attractive to the Sounders. Playing mostly as a withdrawn forward, he displayed some solid skills and was dangerous while taking the set-pieces.