Player Profile: Mario Martinez

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The Sounder at Heart player profiles enter the top 18, but this is not a gameday 18 as there is only one keeper. Still, there is a certain power to that top 18.

Mario Martinez is a young phenom, full of potential. In his short career he earned two trips to the Olympics with Honduras. The chance that he can be great has him on his fourth pro side (three of those loans) since that first Olympics trip. Now, over twitter he makes it clear that he may move again (the destination changes every other week or so).

#18 - Mario Martinez
National Affiliation Honduras Age 23
Years Pro 7 Years Sounder 1
Position Midfielder Role Left Wing, Right Wing, Withdrawn Forward
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
7 2 242 1 0 0.74
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
3 3 241 0 2 0.75
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
2 2 125 1 0 1.44
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
55.0 17th DNQ -- -4.50 25th

All that potential though has yet to manifest itself with Seattle Sounders FC. With a preseason here in Seattle and a loan reportedly running to the midseason there is a chance that he clicks and creates a surplus of wide mids for Sigi.

Skills on offense: Still getting used to which spaces he is supposed to occupy, but when he clicks, he clicks. Strong and willing shot from distance. Adept passer with both feet and a willing dribbler he can cross nearly as well as any in Rave Green. Martinez adds another option in set-piece service, particularly with his in-swinging left foot from the right side. Not fast, nor strong, he plays a very Latino style of game.

Skills on defense: Like most of Seattle's wide midfielders defense is significantly lacking. It is not just positional, he also lacks in tackling and his generally average speed limits his ability to recover from mistakes.

Best Case in 2013: If potential is realized, he earns playing time from Sigi, and Hanauer can gain control of the player through the season, Mario can be a threat to double-double in all competitions while being part of a rotation among LW, RW and WF.

2012 Player Profiles
17 ?? 18 Mario Martinez
19 Steve Zakuani 20 Sammy Ochoa
21 Alvaro Fernandez 22 Servando Carrasco
23 Cordell Cato 24 Roger Levesque
25 Bryan Meredith 26 Mike Seamon
27 Marcus Hahnemann 28 Andrew Weber
29 Josh Ford 30 Christian Sivebaek
31 Andrew Duran 32 Daniel Steres
33 Michael Tetteh 34 Babayele Sodade

As always thanks to sidereal for formatting and advanced stats

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