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Sounders pound Colorado Rapids - Lamar Neagle with early brace

Obafemi Martins has goal of year candidate after brilliant first touch with a third goal in strong 3-1 win by Seattle.

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No more bad luck for Lamar Neagle, as he peppered Clint Irwin and scored two early goals (5' assisted by Dempsey, 25'). Obafemi Martins capped the victory with a third goal that showed just how amazing his first touch can be. The Colorado Rapids gave up more goals to Seattle than they had in their previous five matches of 2015. The 3-1 win moves Seattle Sounders FC to 3-2-1 +4 on the season. The two sides combined for 44 shots, 18 of which were on goal.

Despite two goals in the first half, the run-of-play was clearly in Colorado's favor. Their lone goal by Gabriel Torres while dominating play may be unjust, but that is the nature of the game.

Dylan Remick continues his learning curve in his third start of the year. His play in defense lead to several opportunities for Colorado, but his ability to get forward helped Sounders FC complete their victory.

Andy Rose started his second straight match. It was his elegant long ball that Oba first touched away from Bobby Burling removing him from the play. From about sixteen yards out Martins easily beat Irwin. Between the touch and finish it was a goal that could win the goal of the year.

Now with a two-goal lead Seattle could sit back and absorb the Rapids pressure. That's huge when playing at a mile-high elevation. Seattle's three subs also all improved the defensive posture of the team.

Pineda entered for Dempsey in the 70th minute so Neagle went up top. Eleven minutes later Cristian Roldan came on for Marco Pappa. Sigi Schmid completed his defensive transformation when Andy Rose was replaced by Leo Gonzalez in the 89th minute.

It was not a perfect match. But the result was ideal. In eight days it is Portland, the worst team in the West.

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