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Valdez prefers forward, willing to play wide

We are told that new Sounders forward Nelson Valdez can speak six languages ... but he gave his first local interview in Spanish, and that is translated below:

On training with new teammates and Obafemi Martins) Very good with the team. I know Oba for a long time, and there are many other Latin players here as well. And I’ve been chatting with the coach for a little bit of time now, so I feel very happy and very comfortable.

On why Seattle) It’s a very interesting league. It’s a very competitive league. There are many players coming to this league. I have been trying to come to this league for over two years now, even from Valencia. It didn’t happen, but now I am very happy to be here with my family, and my family is very happy as well.

On his role here) Just to help the team, as with any other player. Also to help other players and try to be successful.

On what he know about the Sounders) What I know about Seattle Sounders is this is one of the best teams in the league, that it is always fighting for getting the cups, and that is one of the key reasons I wanted to come here.

On his fitness) Not quite 100 percent yet, but the coach knows what my situation is. I feel good, and I’m going to start doing what the coach tells me to do and then use my skills for the benefit of the team.

On position) I prefer to play on the front. But I talked to the coach about it, and I can play anywhere on the front, but I can also play as a winger as well.

On memories of playing with Martins) What I remember about playing with Oba is that we are two different players. I can hold the ball better. But he can also explode, his speed. And we complement each other very well. … We didn’t really talk about the club before my coming.

On playing on FieldTurf) I have already played in Russia before on those types of fields, but as we start playing on it we’ll see how that goes.

On following Sounders in standings) Yes I have been following the team. That has to do a lot with the injuries and national team call outs. Now it’s the time to group back and starting having a better performance.

On speaking five languages) I do speak a few languages. I learn fast, but I don’t speak perfect in any of them. I try adapt as quickly as possible to the environment.

On his soccer history) The day I started to take this seriously is on the World Cup qualifications in 1998 when Paraguay qualified with a golden goal and I was holding my mom and crying to her that I was going to be a professional soccer player.