Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has praised the recent showing of the team’s top scorer Obafemi Martins, especially the Nigerian's work rate in his last three appearances despite firing blanks in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Play-offs.
Schmid told Sounders official website in an interview that the 31 year old forward's experience has paid dividends, getting the club this far this season.
Martins has contributed 15 of Sounders goals 44 goals scored this season and Schmid says the Nigerian who will make a return to the national team next weekend is always business-like on the pitch.
“Experienced guys, we talk about Dempsey’s goal or Ivanschitz’s goal, but the work-rate Oba has put in over the three games, the way he’s fought and battled and gotten onto second balls?
“That’s an experienced player who knows it’s money time and we gotta do the business," Schmid told the Settle Sounders' official website.
“Is 28 still the prime, or is it 31 or 32 now? I couldn’t tell you. It’s probably somewhere in the middle and there we have Oba.”
“There were a few guys who played into their late 30s or early 40s, now you got guys doing it all the time. You got guys like Didier Drogba, who can still give meaningful contributions.
Sounders will face FC Dallas in the second leg of the Western Conference semi-final at the Toyota Stadium, Frisco, in Texas. Sounders hold a 2-1 lead going into the Sunday's fixture.