Cascadia Cup round one starts at 7 PM Friday night on Q13 FOX.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are now able to focus on MLS play alone. But their CCL run cost them talented players, points on the table and their first week in purely league play is against their oldest rivals - the Seattle Sounders.
Torres' kick out was deemed "violent conduct" by MLS Disciplinary Committee.
The Seattle Sounders will be without center back Roman Torres after the MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended the center back one match and fined him an undisclosed amount for "violent conduct" in Saturday's 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact.
Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.
Despite a late surge, the Seattle Sounders opened 2017 with a 2-1 loss. The Houston Dynamo dominated the first half. Their posture in the final forty-five gave Seattle hope. Sounders have yet to win in Houston. Clint Dempsey scored his first goal since 21 Aug 2016, but it was a goal for honor not a result.
Nine starters from the MLS Cup win, plus Clint Dempsey
In their first competitive match since winning the MLS Cup the Seattle Sounders have changes at right back and in the attacking band. Clint Dempsey is returning to the field. Gustav Svensson, as the third right back option, replaces now-Atlanta-United defender Tyrone Mears.
The leg one 2-1 victory was powered by a lineup quite similar to those that beat KC and Dallas. Roman Torres did return to starting, while Nelson Haedo Valdez stayed as a starting forward. The Rapids goal came Kevin Doyle.
We need you to tell us who performed the best in the win, as we all prepare for leg two.
Roman Torres, Andreas Ivanschitz, and Flaco Fernandez have not yet returned to full training with the club
The good news on the injury front for the Seattle Sounders is they didn't come out of their big 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday with any new ones to report. The bad news is that of the injured starters who didn't play, none have returned to full training as of yet.
Having been rested for the second match of the international break for Panama, Torres is ready to go for Seattle in San Jose
Seattle Sounders center back Roman Torres, who only recently returned from his long term knee injury, probably gave some fans a bit of a fright when he wasn't in Panama's match day squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.
Turns out Copa America Centenario will affect the Seattle Sounders a bit more than originally thought. Although MLS will take a break during the group stage, the United States is playing a trio of friendlies beforehand. MLS players are expected to be excused from the first one against Puerto Rico on May 22, but will be expected to participate in matches against Ecuador (May 25) and Bolivia (May 28).
Big changes are on the way. Or, at least that's what the Seattle Sounders have been preparing us for. What that actually means is very much a "remains to be seen" issue, but given what we know, we figured we'd at least take a guess at the status of each player on the Sounders roster.
The Sounder at Heart staff classified each player as "keep," "drop" or "fence.
The last time Roman Torres played at Avaya Stadium, he suffered an ACL tear that kept him out for nearly a year. Saturday's return wasn't quite as disastrous, but it wasn't exactly great either. (Editor's note: It turned out he played at Avaya last year in another 1-1 tie.
Four straight wins have the Sounders' locker room feeling like a very happy place.
It would appear that the full-blown dance party we've been greeted by in recent weeks was put on hiatus after the Seattle Sounders' fourth straight win, but we did get a new twist: Roman Torres dancing to "Sounders win away.
Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.
There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.
Clint Dempsey provides the highlight of the afternoon.
The last day of practice before heading off to Arizona to continue pre-season started off indoors. Originally using both fields, the MLS Cup Champion Sounders were soon ushered off of one field for what looked to be a girls U4 team. (Schmetzer's look was priceless.
US-Mexico face off on November 11th, Jordan will be the lone Sounder on the roster this time.
MLS is giving clubs a week off between the conference semis and conference finals with FIFA holding World Cup qualifiers. Jordan Morris will join the list of players representing their national teams as non-US internationals Joevin Jones, Roman Torres, Nelson Valdez, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe and Nicholas Lodeiro received call-ups already.
No city is more represented than Seattle in the CONCACAF awards for 2015. They're open for voting so stuff the ballot box.
CONCACAF opens its annual awards up to a vote, which is a fun little democratic ballot stuffing exercise. It's even more fun when five total players with Seattle ties are up for awards - both the Reign and Sounders are represented.
Tyrone Mears gets the nod at right back as Brad Evans is out injured.
The good news is that Roman Torres is getting his first Sounders start since his injury, against the San Jose Earthquakes. As Brad Evans is out injured Osvaldo Alonso takes the captain's armband and Tyrone Mears remains the starting right back.
League injects $37 million into Targeted Allocation Money and Homegrown Player budgets
Just as it was looking as though the Seattle Sounders' hands were going to be somewhat tied this offseason, now comes some potential relief. Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday an infusion of nearly $2 million of off-cap money to be spent over the next two seasons.
SoundersFC.com will carry video with 97.3 FM Seattle and El Rey 1360 carrying it in Spanish.
5eattle starts on June 15th this year. Already holding four Dewar Trophies (the official name of the Open Cup cup) the Seattle Sounders start with a local PDL squad, the Kitsap Pumas. Two Kitsap players came through the Sounders Academy, so they will have a bit more energy.
At halftime Keith Costigan and Kasey Keller spoke to the Seattle Sounders President of Soccer. It's clear that Garth Lagerwey is still trying to craft his own vision with the roster.
While Sigi Schmid was giving halftime instructions to a Seattle Sounders team that would win 2-nil, President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey chatted with play-by-play man Keith Costigan and color commentator Kasey Keller.
Injury will keep the Josef Martinez out of action for over a month.
The Seattle Sounders have caught a bit of a break when it comes to slowing down Atlanta United's vaunted attack, as the timetable for Josef Martinez's return is weeks not days. The Venezuelan striker's left quad injury will hold him out four to six weeks, which of course rules him out for this weekend's match against Seattle.
Roman Torres, in case you hadn't noticed, is a very big man. Yes, he appears to be a big cuddly teddy bear — at least in the locker room — but he also doesn't seem like the kind of guy whose bad side you want to be on.
That didn't stop is Panamanian teammates from pie-facing him after singing him happy birthday on Monday.
The Sounders center back did his trademark "bunny pose."
The mannequin challenge is getting perilously close to being completely played out, but it can still be pretty amusing to see sports teams doing it. One of the latest entries was turned in by Panama's national team.
Maniquí Challenge de la selección Vamos con todo #mannequinchallenge
A video posted by Blas Pérez (@elraton7) on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:58pm PST
While Blas Perez may have the oddest pose, the one that is most likely to make you chuckle was turned in by Roman Torres, who's doing a bunny pose.
As was expected, the Sounders have the same starting XI from last week's 3-0 first leg win in Seattle. Roman Torres, who was totally out last week with a hamstring issue, is fit enough to make the bench for the Sounders. He replaces Michael Farfan, who was an unused sub in the first leg.
But seriously, how much fun are the Sounders having right now?
They were singing and dancing in the Seattle Sounders' postgame locker room, again. Not only has the long-time tradition of singing "Sounders win away" apparently remained — something Nelson Valdez's Instagram documented — but Roman Torres appears to have instituted a new ritual: a postgame dance party.
Sounders lose out on Jeanine as Montreal get their man.
Seattle has been tied with multiple Panamanian players the past few seasons but most recently to Pedro Jeanine of San Francisco FC in Panama. The midfield was tied to the Rave Green in August as signing with the club in the winter and the fire was fueled by Jeanine being at Roberto Brown's, Roman Torres' agent, combine.