Obafemi Martins plays first game in America

The Nigerian striker played his first match for his new club.

Nigeria’s Obafemi Martins on Saturday night (1:00 a.m. Nigerian time) had his first taste of action in America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) as his new team, Seattle Sounders, played out a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers.

Martins was introduced in the 70th minute of the game to register his debut appearance in America in front of over 40,000 fans after a move from Spanish side, Levante.

The well travelled Nigerian striker seemed to have walked straight into the hearts of Seattle Sounders fans, as they gave him a loud welcome when he was introduced on Saturday before he later went in as a substitute.

Martins was very appreciative of the warm welcome as he promised to do his best in the club’s colours.

“First of all, I’ll talk about the fans. They’re good fans and (show) really good support. I’m glad that I played today and unfortunately we drew the game, which is maybe sad. We have to continue,” Martins said.

“I was a little bit tired from the travel and all, but I decided I wanted to play. I told the coach that”.

“It was a little bit hard to get here, because I went to the embassy and it took a long time and all that with the travelling and all”.

“But I’m going to choose the fans as one of the best fans. I’ve been playing for a lot of clubs, and it’s different here. They’re friendly and they really support the team, which is good. I like that,” he added.

The first goal in Saturday’s MLS fixture was scored in the 13th minute by Eddie Johnson.

While the Timbers, who are considered fierce rivals of the Sounders, equalised in stoppage time through Rodney Wallace.

Sounders will travel to face San Jose Earthquakes in their next game and Martins will likely miss the game as he is expected to be in Nigeria for the World Cup Qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.


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