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NEW YORK CITY – Obafemi Martins scored twice to take the Major League Soccer scoring lead and Clint Dempsey added another as the Sounders topped New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

These are my first impressions:

– Creating chances is one thing, taking them is another

Based on the run of play, New York City should’ve taken a lead into the 23rd minute of Sunday’s match.

The hosts had a 56 percent share of the possession and an 8-1 edge in shots. Khiry Shelton flashed a shot wide after Tyrone Mears kept Patrick Mullins onside. Mix Diskerud’s blast from outside of the box was deflected just over the bar. Pablo Alvarez was all over the place, creating chances for himself and others.

Then Obafemi Martins beat the offside trap and New York City FC goalkeeper and Josh Saunders, and the Sounders were in front in the only stat that matters.

– Martins and Dempsey are game-changers.

New York City finally bagged the goal it deserved on 54 minutes, when Medhi Ballouchy capped a fluid surge forward with a looping strike over Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei to take the match at one. Forward David Villa, who missed NYCFC’s previous two games with hip irritation, came on in the aftermath and the home crowd greeting him with a standing ovation.

Then Dempsey silenced them again four minutes later with a rolling shot that eased past Saunders’ grasping fingertips and settled into the back of the net.

The Sounders’ starting forwards combined on the game-clinching third — Dempsey provided the killer pass, Martins the powerful finish. The later is now first in MLS with six goals so far this season. The former is one behind him in a four-way tie for second.

Seattle’s attack was far from fluid on Sunday. The tight dimensions of the field – 110 yards by 70, the bare minimum length and width required – funneled players into the crowded middle sections. The game looked like indoor soccer at times, all quick touches and one-twos through a densely packed penalty box.

But in Martins and Dempsey, the Sounders have a forward pairing that can wipe clean long stretches of less-then-impressive play with a timely run and a clean finish.

New York City controlled the game. Martins and Dempsey won it.

– Yankee Stadium is one-of-a-kind, for better or for worse.

Tucked in a cove behind the centerfield fence is the Yankees’ famed Monument Park. Sunday afternoon, while most fans were still basking in the spring sunshine, it was abandoned but for a single security guard who recommends checking out the DiMaggio bust.

There are plaques commemorating Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, the visits of Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II.

The largest, loudest and most Yankee of all of them is the one dedicated to the baseball team’s late owner, George Steinbrenner.

“In his 37 years as Principal Owner,” his description read in part, “the Yankees posted a .577 win percentage … (while) becoming the most recognizable sports brad in the world.”

The House that George Built is a monument both to that brand and the franchise’s glorious history.

Try as it might built the former, all the “My city, my club” slogans in the world can’t made up for NYCFC’s lack of the latter.

The MLS expansion club is clearly the guest in somebody else’s house, in case the tight field and conspicuous hump of the pitcher’s mound beyond the near sideline weren’t enough to clue you in.

There was a good buzz in the air in the pregame, and it definitely felt like a special occasion. Playing at Yankee Stadium is a thrilling novelty, especially for visiting teams.

But that shine is going to wear off eventually. It’s up to the club to establish something more meaningful before it does.