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April 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

A stop and chat with Mario Martinez

martinez mug 2013Reporters got a chance to chat with Sounders FC’s Mario Martinez after training Thursday. I believe it’s the first time we have since the midfielder returned from national-team duty with Honduras.

Here is a transcript of that interview, with help from an interpreter:

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(How is it being back with the team?) “Happy, though I’m sad at the same time because we lost the last game. But we know that we have a good team to start again and get a good result.”

(Did you learn some things in the first game you can use in the second?) “Yeah, the truth is we had lots of opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish really well. We have to continue working and trust in the team that we have.”

(Was how you played similar to how you play for Honduras?) “Yes, little by little I’m getting more confidence. I have to continue playing that way because I know the team is hoping to get a lot from me. We have to continue to work so things will come out OK in the end.”

(Do you feel more comfortable here now?) “Yeah, I have the trust of my coach and teammates. That helps one to play better and more relaxed.”

(Are you looking forward to one of your longest continuous stints with the team since you’ve been here?) “Yes. I came over here to play. Now that I’m here and getting a chance to play, I have to take advantage of that.”

(How do you feel about where Honduras stands in CONCACAF qualifying?) “It’s going to be difficult. It’s pretty even with all the teams. We have to continue to work, but right now I have to concentrate on the team here. The time to start thinking about the national team will come.”

(What do you make of your new teammate in Shalrie Joseph?) “He’s a good player. He just needs to get a little more games; he’s been out of the pitch. As time goes by, we’ll understand each other a little bit better.”

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