Sounders FC midfielder Mario Martinez told us last week that he would be called up by the Honduran national team for FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September. Well, the federation made that official Tuesday, as seen on the San Jose Earthquakes website.
A total of six MLS players are on the Honduran squad, who will face Cuba in two qualifiers (on the road on Sept. 7 and at home on Sept. 11).
Martinez has become a regular for Honduras and starred for the Olympic team this summer. He also played with the national team earlier this month in an exhibition against Boca Juniors of Argentina.
Here’s what Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the expected call-up last week.
“It certainly is something we knew was a possibility when we signed him, but just a reflection of his quality,” Schmid said.
Martinez made his MLS debut over the weekend against Chivas USA and Schmid said last week that the new addition would be available for Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League game on the road against Caledonia AIA of Trinidad.
Schmid’s expectation was that Martinez would also be with the team for Sunday’s road game in Dallas, meaning the Honduran would only miss one game — a Sept. 8 home game against Chivas USA.