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January 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Obafemi Martins: I think having preseason with the team is ‘going to help me a lot.’

Here is a transcript (with video below) of our interview with Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins…

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(How was the offseason?) “Good. Not bad. How are you guys doing? Happy new year.”

(How is it being back out here with the guys again?) “A little bit strange because coming here, you see a lot of new faces, but still, it’s soccer. You continue to focus and try to do what you can do best.”

(Is it easier coming in this year with an actual preseason?) “I think it’s much better this season that I get to start fresh with the team. With me, I think preseason is very important. With that, I have to adapt trying to play alongside other players, as well, my teammates. I’m ready to go.”

(How was it having an offseason and a break for the first time in a while?) “I think it’s good to have a break, because playing in Spain, coming back here, coming to Seattle, starting right away, I think I’ve been playing for like a year, a year and a month or so. But it’s good to have an offseason, to have rest, and then come in today.”

(How does your history with other teams help you adapt to playing with new forwards?) “Obviously it’s a little bit easier for me because it’s easier to play alongside the other strikers. We’ll see how it goes with the new strikers now. I hope we are going to play well together.”

(Were you exploring any offseason loans?) “I think right now I’m not going to talk about anything right now because I’m back in Seattle. … I want to start with the team and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

(How did you feel about last season?) “I don’t really think about last season. This is a new season now. We just have to continue and try to do better than we did last season.”

(Are you feeling healthy?) “This is my first (day). With me training, I have a preseason with the team and I think it’s going to help me a lot.”

(What was it like having fans chanting your name at practice?) “Same old, you know?) … (laughs) They’re the best fans ever, so I’m enjoying it.”

(Have you talked to the Nigerian coach about what you to do to get back in the national team mix?) “I think there is nothing to say. He’s the head coach, so he knows the players that he wants. There is nothing I can talk about, like calling him.”

(Have you ever had fans line up to watch practice at other teams?) “Oh yeah. I’ve played with a lot of teams, so it’s normal to me.”

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