Sounders rout Orlando City, Fire and Union draw in thrilling match
Obafemi Martins scored two goals in his first game since June 16 and the Seattle Sounders beat Orlando City 4-0 on Sunday to snap their club-record losing streak at five games.
The Sounders (11-12-2) won for the first time since beating D.C. United 1-0 on July 3. That was Seattle’s only win in a stretch of nine games (1-8-0) while Martins, now with a team-leading nine goals, recovered from a groin injury suffered late in a 3-1 U.S. Open Cup loss to Portland.
Martins worked a give-and-go with Lamar Neagle for a 7-yard shot past goalkeeper Tally Hall into the back left corner midway through the 17th minute. Paraguayan newcomer Nelson Valdez, signed Aug. 7, headed in a target ball from Erik Friberg for a 2-0 lead late in the 51st minute. Martins made it 3-0 midway through the 62nd, and Thomas scored during stoppage time, his first.
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei earned his ninth shutout. Orlando City (7-11-7) went down a man in the 40th minute when defender Tyler Turner was sent off with his second yellow card.
Philadelphia Union 3, Chicago Fire 3
Kennedy Igboananike scored his second goal of the game in extra time and Sean Johnson had eight saves to help the Chicago Fire rally for a 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night.
Igboananike tied it in the 92nd minute, finding the top-left corner of the net. He put away a left-footer, splitting two defenders at the top of the 6-yard box, off a cross from Patrick Nyarko in the ninth minute.
Goals by Fernando Aristeguieta and Fabio Alves gave Philadelphia (6-13-5) a 2-1 lead at the half. Patrick Nyarko scored in the 54th, off a cross by Igboananike, to make it 2-2, but Sebastien Le Toux put the Union back on top with a right-footer from the middle of the box in the 90th minute.
Philadelphia is winless in its last five matches and hasn’t won a game in which it conceded the first goal this season. Chicago (6-12-5) is 0-16-5 on the road since beating New England on July 12, 2014.