GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 26: Mario Martinez of Honduras battles with Abdelhamid El Kaoutari of Morocco during the Men's Football first round Group D Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between Honduras and Morocco at Hampden Park on July 26, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Honduran Olympian and Real Espana player Mario Martinez officially joins the Seattle Sounders on loan as announced via team press release. The length of the loan, nor other details were announced. The rumor of the loan first appeared on Friday, but is confirmed now. Seattle needed to trade for Martinez' discovery rights. Real Salt Lake now has a conditional draft pick from the Sounders. Martinez won't join the team until after the Olympics (his second) and his receiving a P-1 Visa.
"He's a young player who we've been tracking for a while now," said Head Coach Sigi Schmid in the team release. "He has a very good left foot and a good shot from distance. Martinez can play wide and can also play underneath the front runners. He is pretty technical and a player who we think has a big upside."
Playing for Honduras he's started centrally in their 4-2-3-1 but also interchanges to take advantage of spaces. His vision is strong as demonstrated through several small triangles and a willing to try unique passes to spring the forwards and wingers.
This will be Martinez' third loan. He was first loaned from Real Espana to Norwegian side Valerenga and later to Anderlecht of Belgium. He has over 50 appearances for Real Espana and nearly 30 for the Honduras national team.