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Martins Named In MLS Best XI

Martins Named In MLS Best XI

Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins has been named in the 2014 MLS Best XI for the outgoing season.

This marks the first ever nomination for Martins who set a club record scoring 17 goals (fifth in MLS) and matching a club record with 13 assists (tied for fifth in MLS).

His five multi-goal games were tied for second in MLS, and his four game-winning assists were tied for fourth. The forward started 29 of his 31 appearances in 2014 and accumulated 2,600 minutes, and Sounders FC was 12-0-0 in games in which Martins scored a goal.

Martins was also named Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for September and MLS Player of the Week for week 24, in addition to his seven MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week selections and five AT&T Goal of the Week Awards.

His teammate Chad Marshall was also shortlisted.

Marshall and Martins are the fourth and fifth Seattle players to earn MLS Best XI honors, joining midfielder Freddie Ljungberg in 2009, goalkeeper Kasey Keller in 2011 and Osvaldo Alonso in 2012.

The Best XI members received the most votes from the media, MLS players and MLS coaches and general managers.

Below is a breakdown of the MLS Best XI by position and in alphabetical order:

2014 MLS BEST XI
GOALKEEPER (1):
Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

DEFENDERS (3): Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (4):
Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

FORWARDS (3): Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC).

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