SEATTLE -- Snubbed from a World Cup camp invite by Nigeria, Obafemi Martins was determined not to sulk about missing out on a trip to Brazil. Kyle Garlick Dodgers Jersey . Martins said earlier this week his World Cup is the next two months playing for the Seattle Sounders. And it started with his finest goal since joining Major League Soccer. "I just want to score goals," Martins said. "Thats what I did and Im glad." Martins scored in the eighth minute to give the Sounders a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night as both teams began a possible two-month stretch with some of the top players in the league off competing at the World Cup. Martins goal will be in the discussion for best of the season as the year progresses. His goal came from a shallow angle just 4 yards off the end line. Instead of settling Gonzalo Pinedas pass, Martins chipped the one-hopper with his left foot over San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and just inside the far post. It was the fifth goal of the season for Martins. Instead of the usual backflip that has accompanied his previous goals, Martins simply shook his head possibly a little surprised his difficult attempt found the net. "Its an athletic ability. You cant teach that. Its something that somebody has," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "Its definitely as good a goal thats been scored here." Busch said shots from that shallow an angle usually end up coming at the near post or end up on top of the net. "So now he finds the back post. Tip your hat to him. Nothing you can do," Busch said. "Doesnt matter who you are or where you play, thats a good goal." The Sounders (8-3-1), who remained the MLS points leader, opened the whole stadium for the first time this year and drew 49,746, the largest crowd for any MLS game this season. Seattle was without three U.S. World Cup hopefuls, while the Earthquakes were minus two. Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin were gone for Seattle and San Jose (2-4-4) played without Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson. Also gone for the Earthquakes was Honduran hopeful Victor Bernardez. The Sounders could have been without Martins as well, but he was not selected to join Nigeria for its World Cup camp. Teaming with Dempsey at the top of Seattles attack, Martins has a resume this season that would have been worthy of a call. Instead hes being asked to be the offensive catalyst for Seattle with Dempsey gone. Seattle controlled the match and likely should have scored two or three more times if not for stellar goalkeeping by Busch. He stopped attempts from Lamar Neagle twice in a seven-minute span of the second half and turned away Osvaldo Alonsos attempt in the 84th minute. "My job is to make saves and keep us in the game. I did my job," Busch said. All the shots being peppered toward Busch made for a quiet night at the other end for Seattles Stefan Frei. With Wondolowski and Bernardez gone, the Earthquakes were missing seven of the 11 goals they have scored this season. The only player in San Joses starting lineup with a goal was midfielder Cordell Cato. San Joses only official shot on goal came on a free kick in the 90th minute from Khari Stephenson that Frei smothered. It was the second shutout of the season for Seattle and important after giving up five goals last Sunday to New England. "The commitment of the team this week after last week was playing to zero," Schmid said. Brett Butler Dodgers Jersey . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. Shawn Green Jersey . Team officials travelled to Los Angeles on Thursday night to meet with the free agent, a person with knowledge of the plans said. https://www.cheapdodgersonline.com/485h-manny-mota-jersey-dodgers.html . Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press. Financial terms were not released. The Steelers have not announced the addition of Mitchell.SAN DIEGO - Brandon Barnes timed his jump perfectly, leaped and caught Rene Riveras fly ball that was on a home-run trajectory.The Colorado Rockies left fielder then took great delight in showing the fans that he made the catch.Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth and Barnes robbed Rivera of a tying shot in the bottom of the inning to lead the Rockies to a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.One of the guys said, Hes going to hit a homer here. And I said, Im going to rob it. He hit it and I robbed it and thats why I got up and said, I told you so.Barnes said he looked at a replay and it appeared that Riveras ball would have hit the top of the wall and bounced over if he hadnt caught it.Its great having Barnes here. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our club, manager Walt Weiss said.He made a great catch, so you have to tip your hat, Rivera said. Thats baseball. I hit it well. I saw it off the bat, it went up and I had good, hard contact. But in Petco sometimes you still have to run hard. He made a great catch.Padres manager Bud Black said Rivera really didnt click it. But left field here at Petco is doable a€” smallest part of the park. You dont have to hit it well to get it out of there in that area. He made a good play. Off the bat, I thought it had a chance just because its Petco in left field.The Padres, who were trying to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games, were assured of their fourth straight losing season. San Diego (75-82) can still finish with its best record in three seasons. The team went 76-86 in 2012 and 2013.Stubbs homered on the first pitch from Dale Thayer (4-4) into the Jack Daniels party deck atop the right-field wall, his 15th. It was the first run Thayer allowed in nine outings.It was the first good swing of the day for me, said Stubbs, who was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts up to that point. I was looking to be aggressive and he threw me a first-pitch slider and I was able to hit it the other way.Said Weiss: Hes got a lot of power. Weve seen him shrink some big parks.Rymeer Liriano was shaken up after slamming into the wall trying to make the catch but remained in the game. Jedd Gyorko Jersey. Rivera sent a high drive to left opening the Padres eighth, but Barnes leaped to make the catch.With the potential tying run on second base and two outs in the eighth, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu made a nice diving stab of Alexi Amaristas grounder and threw him out to end the inning.NL batting leader Justin Morneau went 1 for 4 with an RBI single to drop to .319, two percentage points ahead of Pittsburghs Josh Harrison, who also went 1 for 4.Juan Nicasio (6-6) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning for the win. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa had allowed only three hits through five scoreless innings when the Padres tied it at 2 in the sixth with three straight two-out hits.De La Rosa allowed a leadoff single to Jedd Gyorko before striking out Rivera and Yasmani Grandal. Tommy Medica singled before Liriano and Amarista each had an RBI base hit.Padres lefty Robbie Erlin lasted four innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He was making his second start since missing four months with a sore elbow. He allowed RBI singles by Morneau in the third and LeMahieu in the fourth.MORNEAUS PLATEAUMorneau is four hits shy of 1,500 career hits. In 43 games since the All-Star break, he is hitting .331 (63 for 160).TRAINERS ROOMPadres: RHP Odrisamer Despaigne threw in the bullpen as the team contemplates whether to give him another start. Despaigne complained of pain on his right side after his last start Friday against the Giants. Black said an MRI didnt show any structural damage, just irritation. ... OF Carlos Quentin (knees) is going to try and play next year, Black said. Quentin was restricted to 50 games this year.UP NEXTRockies: LHP Yohan Flande (0-5, 4.91 ERA) will make his second start and third appearance against Padres. Flande was a hard-luck, 4-1 loser to San Diego on Aug. 12.Padres: RHP Joe Wieland (0-0, 4.55) will make his second start of 2014 in San Diegos home finale. ' ' '