A conversational piece if you will for this morning.
The wake after the US-Honduras match has Mario Martinez name in tow and on the lips of most Seattle Soccer fans. His performance and contributions in the World Cup Qualifier against the U.S. were obvious with many feeling he needs to be in the starting XI come season opener against Montreal. Really most have already been feeling this way since he smashed home the winner against RSL in the playoffs.
But, the question has nothing to do with when Mario Martinez has made his push about the Seattle community to start for the Sounders, the question is how does he start for the Sounders?
A wide midfield options of Zakuani, Rosales, Neagel and Caskey obviously pit Martinez against relivent talent. Though he admittedly falls somewhere in the middle and is something of a second option on either of the wings. What about as a forward? You of course have Eddie Johnson and the talents of David Estrada and Sammy Ochoa also competing for a starting job.
Personally, I think that Mario Martinez would work well as a Centre Forward almost working in tandem with Zakuani as he’ll be sure to make his beloved runs into the box. He’s very much a different player than Fredy Montero, but Eddie Johnson’s an under rated passer and the creativity of Martinez a long with the attacking speed of Zakuani could set the Sounders up for a pretty menacing attack.
But what do you think? How should the Sounders use Mario Martinez