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Sports have the ability to become a family tradition. Whether it is playing a sport or being a diehard fan of a team, it is something that can help bond a group of people together. Salvador Martinez has been around soccer his whole life, so it was only natural that he would play.

“I grew up with everyone around me living the sport of soccer,” he said. “I love playing and watching, but I have also enjoyed developing an extremely strong bond with my teammates.”

Martinez is a senior at Commerce High School. Along with playing center defensive mid for the school soccer team, he also plays tight end and outside linebacker for the football team. And Salvador is a powerlifter.

Commerce soccer coach, John Medlin, says that while Martinez is a great leader on the field, he is the same when he is not playing. “I have had the privilege of coaching Salvador for the past four years,” he said. “I have witnessed him grow into both a dominant player and an exceptional team leader. The same leadership traits he has demonstrated on the field have been displayed in the halls of CHS as he continually sets a high standard for every student in the school regardless of age and background.”

Becoming the player he is today has required a lot from Salvador. But he says that he has someone to look up to that helps keep him focused. “It has taken hard work, consistency, and dedication for me to get where I am today. My favorite soccer player is Toni Kroos of Real Madrid. I like the style of soccer he plays and I want to be the type of player that he is.”

There have been many great memories during his time in soccer, but Salvador says that being a threetime All-District Player is his favorite moment.

Outside of athletics, Martinez is also a member of FCA and the Science Club. After graduation, he will be attending NEO A&M to continue his education and football career.

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