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August 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Mario Martinez has received his visa and is expected to join the Sounders this week

Midfielder Mario Martinez, acquired earlier this month on loan from Honduran club Real Espana, is expected to join the Sounders later this week. The 23-year-old is coming off a successful run with the Honduran Olympic team and will play one more game for the national team Wednesday in an exhibition against Boca Juniors of Argentina. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Coach Sigi Schmid explained the situation after Tuesday’s practice.

“By the time he got his P-1 (visa), which was Friday, it didn’t make much sense to … fly him to San Jose one day, fly him to Seattle the next day and then fly him back to Miami the next day,” Schmid said. “So we just had him go with the national team into Miami and then after they’re done on Wednesday, he’ll be here. So he’ll be at practice on Friday.”

Martinez, having received his P-1 visa, will be eligible to play immediately.

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