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August 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Sounders acquire Honduran midfielder Mario Martinez on loan from Real Espana

As has been expected for several days, the Sounders have acquired Honduran midfielder Mario Martinez on loan from Real Espana.

Martinez, 23, is currently serving with the Honduran Olympic team, which qualified today out of group stage, and will be added to Seattle’s roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa.

The Sounders had to trade a conditional draft choice to Real Salt Lake in exchange for Martinez’ discovery rights.

“He’s a young player who we’ve been tracking for a while now,” coach Sigi Schmid said in a news release. “He has a very good left foot and a good shot from distance. Martinez can play wide and can also play underneath the front runners. He is pretty technical and a player who we think has a big upside.”

Martinez has 29 appearances for Honduras on the international level, including 17 with the senior team. The left-footer has played for Real Espana since 2006, which has included loan spells with Norwegian side Valerenga and Anderlecht of Belgium.

He will join the Sounders after the Olympics.

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