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Martins powers Sounders past Chivas

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Obafemi Martins scored two goals and assisted on another as Seattle Sounders FC rolled to a 4-2 win over Chivas USA at CenturyLink Field on Saturday to move three points clear at the top of the Western Conference.

Chivas put up a fight in the first half as the visitors held a 2-1 lead through 18 minutes. However, the Sounders scored three unanswered goals to close the match and clinch a fifth win in seven games to remain on top of the Supporters' Shield table.

The loss eliminates Chivas from postseason contention, and is the club's seventh straight setback.

Felix Borja helped set up the opening goal for Chivas after 12 minutes when he got into the penalty area and forced Stefan Frei to make a save, leaving Erick Torres to collect the rebound and roll the ball home.

Martins replied for Seattle within two minutes as he picked up the ball 35 yards from goal, danced past a defender and lashed a left-footed rocket inside the right post from 30 yards.

Jalil Anibaba gave the goal back to Chivas in the 18th minute with an own goal, but the home side was back on level terms in the 37th when Lamar Neagle collected a deflected pass and dashed in on goal before slotting his shot past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

Clint Dempsey then put the Sounders in front just before the break when some good ball movement in the build up allowed Martins to get into a good position and slide a pass to Dempsey for a simple tap in.

The lead was stretched to 4-2 by Seattle in the 52nd when a deflected chip from Martins found its way past Kennedy, while Seattle nearly added another goal on the hour mark with Dempsey sending a long-range effort off the crossbar.