Seattle Sounders head coach Schmid hails “sublime” Martins and Dempsey

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has talked up the ability of strike partners Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey following their 6-0 preseason win over FC Tucson on Wednesday.

Dempsey bagged himself two goals in an emphatic performance, and although fellow forward Martins wasn’t on the scoresheet, he did play a hand in the first two goals, which has pleased Schmid.

“Some of the combinations, the goal where they combined on the 2nd goal, as a coach you just sit there and what do you say?” Schmid said while talking to the Seattle Sounders YouTube channel.

“I can’t teach that, we can’t diagram that and show them that. That’s just their instincts. And their ability to play off of each other is just so sublime.”

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The lethal partnership contributed an astonishing 55 goals between them via goals scored and goals assisted in the 2014 regular season and it looks as though they mean business again in 2015.

“I was happy for Clint, happy for the goals that he got because as a goalscorer you always want to get your confidence there. Oba (Martins) will be back on the board as well sometime soon,” Schmid added.

Lamar Neagle and Kevin Parsemain also both helped themselves to two goals each on the night.

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LA Galaxy get preseason campaign off to perfect start with 2-0 win

Preseason is underway.

All 20 Major League Soccer clubs have returned to training this week and 2014 MLS Cup champions, LA Galaxy were the first to play a game as they build up to the season opener against the Chicago Fire on March 6.

Bruce Arena watched the Galaxy run out 2-0 winners against the Ventura County Fusion on Wednesday at StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium, with Robbie Keane and Edson Buddle netting the goals.

Robbie Keane in action on Wednesday (Photo: Hana Asano)

Robbie Keane in action on Wednesday (Photo: Hana Asano)

Keane scored the Galaxy’s last goal of 2014 as his extra-time strike in the final won the MLS Cup for the team, and he has started the new year off in the same fashion.

Buddle is back in Los Angeles on trial with the Galaxy after leaving the Colorado Rapids at the end of the last campaign and he will be pleased to have found the net as he looks to earn a contract with the club he scored 42 goals for between 2007-2010.

Edson Buddle in action on Wednesday (Photo: Hana Asano)

Edson Buddle in action on Wednesday (Photo: Hana Asano)

A total of 24 players got minutes for the Galaxy in the win and Arena was pleased to let his players work their way back towards match fitness.

“It’s a practice exercise,” Arena told the club’s official website after the game. “It’s the first time that we’ve gone out this year and it’s good to allow the guys to play a little bit and work toward match fitness.”

The LA Galaxy’s next game will be against the Seattle Sounders next Friday.

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