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Martins and Neagle carry Seattle into first place
by Paul Kennedy, September 14th, 2013 1:14AM
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TAGS:  mls, real salt lake, seattle sounders


[MLS REWIND: Week 29] Who needs Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson when you have Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle? With Dempsey and Johnson sitting out for much of the game, Martins and Neagle scored in the first half to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake before 55,107 fans at CenturyLink Field. The victory was the Sounders' fifth in a row and moved them into the lead in the Western Conference by a point over RSL with two games in hand.

Martins scored in his third straight game to give the Sounders the lead after only three minutes. Martins and Neagle lead the Sounders with eight goals.

Dempsey and Johnson, who started in Tuesday's U.S. World Cup against Mexico, came on in the second. Kyle Beckerman, who also started in the 2-0 win over Mexico, started and was one of six RSL players to be carded. Alvaro Saborio did not dress for RSL due to a left calf injury he suffered playing for Costa Rica against the USA.

Seattle took just two points from its first five games and was still outside the playoff zone as recently as a month ago, but it has won five in a row and seven of its last eight games to take the lead for the Supporters' Shield.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said the breaks were starting to even out:

"I always believe and the guys in the locker room always believe that sometimes things bounce your way and sometimes they don't. Those bounces have started to even up a little bit, but the guys continue to work hard. The commitment to defending is something we had already talked about a couple times after the game and got another shutout today. You never know what other teams are going to do, how many points they are going to accumulate, so all we can control is the points we can accumulate. We got to get those games in hand, we got to win those points, and we got to continue to win at home. Maybe our away record isn't as good as it was last year, but certainly our home record is making up for it."

Friday, September 13
Seattle 2 Real Salt Lake 0.
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Andy Rose) 3
SEA: Lamar Neagle (DeAndre Yedlin, Obafemi Martins) 38
Att.: 55,107.

Wednesday, September 11
Toronto FC 1 Chicago 1.
CHI: Dilly Duka (Chris Rolfe) 20
TFC: Robert Earnshaw (Bobby Convey) 23
Att.: 15,217.

Saturday, September 14
2 pm ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
4 pm ET
D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy, UniMas
7 pm ET
New York vs. Toronto FC
7:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. New England
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. FC Dallas
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Vancouver
Chivas USA vs. Portland
Eastern Conference:

45 (26) Montreal 13-7-6 45/37
45 (28) New York 13-9-6 44/36
45 (28) Sporting KC 13-9-6 41/27
39 (28) Philadelphia 10-9-9 37/38
37 (27) New England 10-10-7 37/29
37 (27) Houston 10-10-7 31/35
36 (27) Chicago 10-11-6 33/38
32 (28) Columbus 9-14-5 31/38
23 (28) Toronto FC 4-13-11 24/40
14 (27) D.C. United 3-19-5 16/44

Western Conference:
49 (27) Seattle 15-8-4 37/27
48 (29) Real Salt Lake 14-9-6 52/37
43 (27) LA Galaxy 13-10-4 43/33
42 (28) Colorado 11-8-9 35/29
42 (27) Portland 10-5-12 43/30
40 (27) FC Dallas 10-7-10 39/39
37 (27) Vancouver 10-10-7 39/38
37 (28) San Jose 10-11-7 29/40
25 (28) Chivas USA 6-15-7 27/48
17 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
15 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
12 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
10 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
10 Diego Fagundez (New England)
10 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
10 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)

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