Mario Martinez will go to sleep tonight knowing that he will be among Honduras' starters in Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier against the United States. Perhaps in a sign of how big of an event the game is, manager Luis Fernandez Suarez named his starting 11 on Tuesday.
Honduras coach named WCQ starters: Valladares; Peralta, Bernárdez, Figueroa, García; Boniek, Espinoza, Garrido, Martínez; Bengtson, Costly.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) February 5, 2013
This shouldn't necessarily be a huge shock, though, as Martinez has been a regular starter since helping lead Honduras to an impressive display in the Summer Olympics. This will be Martinez's seventh start in Honduras' nine competitive matches, including the last two World Cup Qualifiers. It will also be the 10th straight time he's played for Honduras in a competitive match.
It also appears that Martinez is settling into a role as a wide midfielder, the position he's most likely to play for the Sounders.
No word is expected on the United States' lineup until shortly before the 1 p.m. (PST) kickoff. The game is being broadcast on beIN Sports.