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November 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Mario Martinez called in by Honduras for friendly Wednesday against Peru

martinez mug 2012.jpgUPDATE 3:57 p.m. — Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked after Tuesday’s practice how this call-up might affect things. “We’ll have to see,” he said. “Obviously when you have an international friendly date, the federation has the right to call them in. We can’t stop that from happening. If the federation insists upon it, the club is bound by the FIFA regulations. He’s a young player, the coach decided he was going to bring him in, it didn’t matter that we were in the playoffs, so Mario is stuck between a rock and a hard place. We’ll see how it goes — how his travel goes, how many minutes he plays. Obviously I think he’s played well the last two games, but we’ll see.”

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Sounders FC’s Mario Martinez has been called in by the Honduran national team for a friendly Wednesday against Peru. The game will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The midfielder is scheduled to return to Seattle on Thursday. The Sounders are required to release Martinez for a 48-hour period since the friendly falls during a FIFA window for international games.

As noted in a team release, the 23 year old has 21 caps for Honduras and featured for the team in recent World Cup qualifiers and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Martinez scored the winning goal against Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s second leg of a Western Conference semifinal. Afterward, coach Sigi Schmid said the August acquisition is going to play “a pivotal role” for the Sounders coming up, but we’ll see how this call-up affects that for Sunday’s second leg of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Schmid has often mentioned that Martinez’ involvement with the national team has partly come at the cost of easing into things with his new club team.

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What do you think? Fair game? Think Honduras should’ve let this one go?

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