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Major Link Soccer: Obafemi Martins MLS Player of the Week

Obafemi Martins flips a double against NYCFC and wins player of the week.

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There is a saying you may have heard: "Look good, Play good." These days, Obafemi Martins makes it all look good. Martins was voted MLS "Player of the Week" after his two-goal performance against NYCFC.

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are on pace to make some records of their own this season.  For the fans at CenturyLink Field this just means more fire for the masses. One reason they could be breaking records this season is because new Seattle Sounders coach Ante Razov has asked them to shoot more.

About 140 kids showed up Monday night at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila in hopes of becoming the next Lamar Neagle or DeAndre Yedlin. The Sounders Academy is holding their yearly U14 academy tryouts and come Thursday 18-22 kids will have their green dreams come true.

Cristian Roldan the 19-year-old Sounder is hoping that his strong start in MLS, along with a recommendation from coach Sigi Schmid, will earn him a spot on Tab Ramos' U-20 squad.

Major League Soccer

Players in the NFL complain about their contract all the time, but in MLS sitting out practice to express your displeasure is nigh unheard of. Lee Nguyen has made sure the New England Revolution know all about his contract needs.

Who would have thought that people would watch a Spanish-language channel to see MLS in English?

Expansion teams have hard lessons to learn in MLS. Will New York City FC and Orlando City buck the trend of being season-long bottom feeders?

U.S. Soccer

Growing up American in another country is hard to do, but there was no other option for Fabian Johnson.

The U.S. U-23 team will collide with some of the world's best teams in the Toulon Tournament in France. The U.S. starts off with 2014 Toulon Tournament runner-up France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. The U.S. will hope to be in the championship or third-place game, both scheduled for June 7.

The USMNT will play a final warm-up game for the Gold Cup on July 3 against Guatemala in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. will open Gold Cup play June 7 against Honduras.

Those looking at the Yanks overseas saw a few normal starters find time on the pine, injuries hindering others, others, and a coach taking his team to the top.

World Soccer

The semifinal round of the UEFA Champions League kicked off Tuesday with Juventus taking on Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo set a record in the game but Carlos Tevez was the deal breaker in a thriller that saw Juve win 2-1.

If you want to "Bend it like Beckham" then you need to stay in on Saturday night and watch "Match of the Day" like Beckham. Beckham reveals that was the secret of his success.

Having the 1994 World Cup in America opened my eyes to players I couldn't normally see. One of the players who captured my gaze was Gheorghe Hagi otherwise known as the "Maradona of the Carpathians."

Goal of the week Nominees : Rabona, Bike Ride, and a Flying Scissor

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