UPDATE 1:24 p.m. — Here is coach Sigi Schmid’s response when asked Tuesday if he had cleared the air with Mario Martinez:
“Yeah, we had a good conversation. I know he talked to you guys before he talked to me. But it’s a situation of just clarity. He’s been in and out so much with the national team, so he hasn’t had that many days of training with us, and when the training has come with us, it’s been like four or five days and he’s gone and so forth.
“So it takes time to establish (yourself). But also because he’s been gone so much, probably the communication from me wasn’t as good as it could have been. Again, with the language barrier, sometimes I just grab somebody and I can talk to them for a few minutes. But with Mario, I have to grab him and somebody else so I can talk to him for a few minutes and we can understand each other.
“But we had a good conversation yesterday. I think he understands. He knows exactly what our feelings are about him as a player and how we cherish him as a player, because he’s a player with great abilities, and his future is not only this year with this team but his future is next year, as well.”
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Sounders FC midfielder Mario Martinez garnered some attention after Sunday’s game when he tweeted some frustrations over his lack of playing time (here’s his account but the tweets have since been deleted).
Martinez, who has played just 40 minutes in three reserve appearances since joining the team in August, appeared to say on Twitter that he was considering leaving the Sounders, perhaps back to Honduran club Real Espana or another team in MLS.
Reporters first asked coach Sigi Schmid what he felt about the comments.
“We’ll sort that out,” Schmid said. “Me and Mario are going to talk.”
We were then able to talk to Martinez about the feelings he publicly expressed on Twitter.
“Yes, I was unhappy not being able to play,” he said through an interpreter, “but I want you all to understand that I’m really happy with the team. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of good players, and I have to wait for my opportunity. … What I said already happened, so now we need to concentrate on the game on Wednesday.”
Martinez said he came here with expectations of playing, but understands that he has to wait for his opportunity on a new team and in a new league. He’s not sure if being called into the Honduran national team has affected his standing with the club, but he asked for forgiveness if that’s the case.
Martinez finished by saying, “I want everyone to understand that I want to help the team and support the team.”