Obafemi Martins: I had to do the flip as it was my first goal

The Nigerian international scored his first MLS goal against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday and is happy to have broken his duck

Obafemi Martins scored his first goal for Seattle Sounders last Saturday against Colorado Rapids to earn his team their first win in 2013 and their first three points in the current season.

“I've got to say that I am glad for [Saturday] especially the three points,” Martins told his club’s official website.

“We have been waiting for it and we are happy for it and I hope that we continue to win a lot of games.”

When he scored, he celebrated with his customary back flip though there were concerns that this might affect his knees from which he just had some rehabilitation done and missed two weeks of playing.

“It was my first goal and I had to do it but from now I will take it a little bit easy.

“The important thing is the goal and not the flips,” he added.

“Though I just came back from injury, I have been training and I have been hoping that I will play today [the game] and I tried to score and it happened so I am glad.”

Martins is a Designated Player for Sounders in the new MLS season and he described how he got the goal.

“The three points is so important. Cheri's shot was the key because without that I wasn't going to score.

“And as I saw that the goalkeeper was going to parry it, I moved and with the defender in my front and I had to take my time, control and place the ball.

“It went in and that was the three points and I hope to score more goals and we are glad that we won [the gmae] which is very important,” he concluded.