- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins scored two goals and set up another for Clint Dempsey as the Seattle Sounders beat the Portland Timbers 4-2 in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Chad Barrett also scored for the Sounders, who showed little fatigue after five matches in the past 15 days. Fanendo Adi scored twice for the Timbers.

With just nine games left, the loss hurts Portland’s bid to return to the MLS playoffs after advancing to the Western Conference finals last year.

The Sounders are currently in first place in conference, while the Timbers sit in sixth behind the Whitecaps.

At Chester, Pennsylvania, Sheanon Williams put Philadelphia ahead in the 72nd minute as the Union beat the San Jose Earthquakes 4-2.

Williams’ goal came 2 minutes after San Jose had erased a two-goal deficit with Chris Wondolowski’s score in the 70th minute.

Andrew Wenger, who opened the scoring in the 10th minute, also added a goal in the 79th minute Sebastien Le Toux followed 4 minutes later, capitalizing on a weak clearance attempt by San Jose.

Sam Cronin got the Quakes on the board with a half-volley into the top corner from well beyond the penalty box in the 59th minute.



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