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Roman Torres basking in glory of history-making moment

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After scoring the clinching goal, Torres seems intent to making lasting memories with fans.

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Roman Torres is living his best life these days. The Seattle Sounders center back just arrived back in town following an amazing 48 hours in his native Panama, where his 88th minute goal allowed Los Canaleros to qualify for their first-ever World Cup.

Row Zed: Heroic Panama Ball-Boy Does What Needs To Be Done To Ensure His Country Qualify For First Ever World Cup (Video)

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Since it began in 1930, every World Cup has featured at least one team appearing for the first time.

Along with fellow debutantes Iceland, Panama have kept that streak alive going into 2018 by qualifying for their first ever World Cup with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

Roman Torres puts Panama in World Cup, eliminates United States

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What an amazing turn of events.

Panama is going to the World Cup and the United States is not, all because of Roman Torres. The Seattle Sounders center back scored an 88th minute goal to give Panama a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica to secure their spot in the World Cup for the first time ever.

Roman Torres helping Panama try to qualify for first-ever World Cup

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Sounders center back called in for pair of upcoming qualifiers.

Roman Torres will be joining Panama for two decisive World Cup qualifiers. The centerback's call-up was officially announced on Wednesday, meaning he'll be joining Los Canaleros for their matches on Oct. 5 (at the United States) and 10 (vs.

Roman Torres grabs late equalizer for Panama

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Goal rescues a point in World Cup qualifying

Facing Honduras in a virtual can't-lose World Cup qualifier at home, Panama needed a goal. So naturally, they turned to Roman Torres.

The center back pushed forward and managed to get on the end of a ball in the box, scoring a 90th-minute equalizer that allowed Panama to rescue a point and keep them in fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying.

Four more Sounders called up to international duty

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Two are for World Cup qualifiers, two are for the Caribbean Cup

Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that four more players would be called up to international duty during the Sounders' two-week MLS break. In addition to Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris' USMNT call-ups, Roman Torres (Panama) and Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) have been called up for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey leads seven Seattle Sounders called into international duty

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He'll face off against teammates Roman Torres, Joevin Jones in World Cup qualifying.

As the United States enters the final round of World Cup Qualifying, they will only have one Seattle Sounders player on the roster — Clint Dempsey. The former USA captain is now a rotational player under Bruce Arena, and he leads CONCACAF in scoring in the Hex.

There is no Ideal XI

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Trying to figure out the perfect starting lineup for the rest of the season ignores that it will change every game.

The concept of the Ideal XI is platonic. It's like a perfect triangle. It only exists in our thoughts, our minds. As we so carefully craft strawmen as simulacrums of real conversation, we continue to ignore that the Seattle Sounders have more playoff-quality starters than they do positions on the field.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in the 1-0 home victory over their conference rivals.

The Seattle Sounders enjoyed some consistency and health in their lineup and put in a strong shift to earn a 1-0 victory at home against Sporting Kansas City Saturday. After moving into the lead in the 36th minute, Seattle held steady to keep the clean sheet.

Sounders draw Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 in midseason friendly

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Clint Dempsey scored Seattle's only goal, just before halftime

With Major League Soccer kicking off its break for the group stages of the Gold Cup, the Seattle Sounders played a friendly against German club Eintracht Frankfurt to keep players fresh and give fringe/S2 guys a chance to impress against a top opponent.

Sounders at Columbus Crew, recap: This is a bad road team

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Crew win 3-nil after goals by Higuain, Meram and Ola Kamara

In their past three road games, the Seattle Sounders lost all three with a -9 goal differential. Wednesday's loss was partially due to call-ups, injuries and a lineup gamble that failed. Columbus Crew SC exploited the spaces where Jordy Delem and Oniel Fisher played in scoring their first two goals, and then coasted to a 3-nil win.

Did Toronto FC deserve their penalty? We’ll let you decide

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Referee Jair Marrufo said that Jozy Altidore was fouled in the box. Was he?

The MLS Cup final rematch against Toronto FC started pretty positively for the Seattle Sounders, but bad luck kept what looked like their opening goal from getting them on the scoresheet. Bad luck (or bad refereeing?

Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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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.

Roman Torres suspended for Red Bulls match

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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.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

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.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo, recap: Road loss to begin season.

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Seattle remains winless in Houston.

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.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Lineup includes Clint Dempsey

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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.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Community player ratings form

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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.

Sounders’ injured trio still “day by day”

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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.

Roman Torres says his best is still to come this season

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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.

Major League Soccer

Major Links Soccer: The anti-Beckhams are coming

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Also: UEFA Champions League action, and MLS is looking more appealing to young English players


Ever wonder what months the Sounders get their best results? Sounders FC breaks it down.

It is difficult to understate the importance of the Sounders' Saturday match at FC Dallas. The Sounders team site breaks down 10 things you need to know ahead of the game.

Major Link Soccer - Zardes Out for Season

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Also, MLS suggest to Nigel De Jong that he not to let the door hit him on his way out.


Despite our most recent result Lodeiro's impact on the team has still been enormous. Four Four Two goes as far as to describe it as historic in the context of MLS midseason signings.

The official Sounders site asks the (presumably rhetorical) question of if the Sounders defensive line will see a shakeup during this break.

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Roman Torres says he’s fine after injury scare

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International break didn't turn out to be quite as busy for the Sounders as expected.

This international break was shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Sounders, with a record nine players called up to their respective national teams. In the end, though, it wasn't all that.

Only Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) started in two games, while Oniel Fisher (Jamaica), Roman Torres (Panama) Clint Dempsey (United States) and Jordan Morris (USA) were the only others to even start one.

Clint Dempsey scores last minute equalizer

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Deuce loves scoring--especially against the Timbers

Deuce loves scoring against Portland

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In a match filled with frustration for Seattle, Clint Dempsey came up huge against the team he loves to score on.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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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.

Recapping final day of training before Sounders head to Arizona

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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.

Jordan Morris earns a USMNT call to play Mexico

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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.

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Gustav Svensson's best role with Sounders is up for debate

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As the team approaches full health in defense, four writers discuss what should be done with Svensson

At the beginning of the year the Seattle Sounders took advantage of the changing rules in China to nab Gustav Svensson. At the time it seemed like he was merely a depth signing. Now, just over a third of the season has passed and the Swede is a key player on the team, with a role that is still evolving.

Roman Torres injury update: Hamstring, not knee cause for removal

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Seriousness of injury still undetermined, though.

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.

Sounders injury update: Roman Torres will travel

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But Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz already ruled out.

The team that the Seattle Sounders put onto the field for Leg 2 of the Western Conference semifinals will likely look a lot like the one that beat FC Dallas 3-0 in the first leg.

Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz have already been ruled out for the game, while Roman Torres has been deemed a game-time decision and Brad Evans is still something less than 100 percent fit.

Roman Torres perfectly happy to dance to a capella music

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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.

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Roman Torres almost fully vindicated by LevyFilms footage of red card incident

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Shot from behind the play appears to show Torres making a clean play on the ball.

The TV replays seemed to make the case pretty strongly that Roman Torres did not deserve a red card in Sunday's match against the LA Galaxy. For whatever reason, though, VAR did not overturn the call.

But after seeing LevyFilms' replay of the incident (toward the end of the video above), the case for Torres being unjustly punished is even stronger.

Atlanta United’s leading scorer will miss Sounders match

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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.

A very brave person pie-faced Roman Torres on his birthday

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We're amazed anyone lived to tell about this.

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.

Roman Torres steals the show in Panama’s mannequin challenge

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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.

Sounders starting XI unchanged from first leg, Torres returns to bench

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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.

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Roman Torres appears to have started a new post-victory tradition

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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 at San Jose Earthquakes: Roman Torres starts while Cristian Roldan enters the attack

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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.