Martins leads Sounders past D.C. United 2-0

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 10:34 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Obafemi Martins scored his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season, and Michael Gspurning earned the shutout as the Seattle Sounders beat struggling D.C. United 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Martins' first goal came at the end of the 19th minute. Eddie Johnson connected with Brad Evans on a give-and-go down the middle of the field, and Evans sent a long through ball toward the top of the penalty area restraining arc. Martins got behind United defender Ethan White, caught up with the ball, and sent a shot past goalkeeper Joe Willis to the back left corner.

His second came midway through second-half stoppage time, a 10-yarder from straight in front of the net.

Gspurning's shutout was his sixth of the season for the Sounders (7-5-3).

United (2-13-3) remained winless in eight road games this season (0-6-2), and was blanked for the 11th time.

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