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March 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Obafemi Martins: ‘I’ve been playing for a lot of clubs, and it’s different here.’

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Here are some postgame thoughts from new Sounders forward Obafemi Martins, who made his debut Saturday in a 1-1 tie against Portland:

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(How did your first experience as a Sounder go?) “First of all, I’ll talk about the fans. They’re good fans and (show) really good support. I’m glad that I played today and unfortunately we drew the game, which is maybe sad. We have to continue.”

(How’d you feel about your own performance?) “I was a little bit tired from the travel and all, but I decided I wanted to play. I told the coach that.”

(Will this be useful to you when you come back?) “I think it’s better to come now and see the place. I’m going to the national team now, and it’s not going to be new to me anymore. I’ll try to do as best as possible to help the team and score goals.”

(Personally, how important was it to get here and make the effort?) “It was a little bit hard, because I went to the embassy and it took a long time and all that with the traveling and all. (Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer) really wanted me to stay in Madrid, so I can go straight to the national team, but I decided to come straight to see the team and try to play as much as possible. That’s why I’m here.”

(How’s it feel to going back to the national team after missing the Cup of Nations tournament?) “It depends on the coach. If you’re not on the national team, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad player. There are only a few players who can play, and the coach decided to choose his own players. Fair enough.”

(You got quite a welcome from the fans. How did that feel?) “I’m going to choose them as one of the best fans. I’ve been playing for a lot of clubs, and it’s different here. They’re friendly and they really support the team, which is good. I like that.”

(Will the turf take some getting used to?) “Definitely, but the players are playing on it, so I have no choice.”

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