Almost ever since he joined the Seattle Sounders, Mario Martinez has given mixed signals about his happiness here. Now that his loan is set to expire at the end of the month, though, the 23-year-old seems to be giving indications that he'd very much like to stick around.
"I feel really good about my team," Martinez told the Honduran publication Diez. "My contract is almost over but my intention is to continue with my club. I feel very comfortable. Seattle is a great city."
Similarly, there are indications from the Sounders that they are giving serious consideration to finalizing the transfer.
"For sure I think he's done well," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. "He's a player that can help us."
Another positive sign from the Sounders is that Schmid apparently asked Honduras head coach Luis Suarez to leave Martinez off the national team roster for some friendlies and the Gold Cup, which doesn't even start until a week after Martinez's loan is set to expire.
Martinez's biggest complaint last year was tied to a lack of playing time, an issue that appears to have been addressed this year. Martinez has played in 9 of 12 matches this year, including each of the past six.