Torres, the captain of the Panamanian national team, was injured just before halftime of Seattle’s 1-1 draw on Saturday in San Jose.
Sounders defender Roman Torres has suffered a season-ending knee injury, a club official confirmed Monday. Further details and a recovery timetable are expected to be announced Tuesday.
Torres, the captain of the Panamanian national team, was injured just before halftime of Seattle’s 1-1 draw on Saturday in San Jose. Torres limped off under his own power but was on crutches afterward. He underwent an MRI exam Monday.
The 29-year-old center back played in just four matches for Seattle, missing the Sept. 5 victory over Toronto while on international duty with Panama.
It spoke to Torres’ pedigree that he immediately slotted into Seattle’s starting lineup despite the at least satisfactory job Brad Evans had done after making the full-time transition to defense before this season.
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Torres and Chad Marshall, the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, meshed well. Though not exactly comfortable with the ball at his feet and still adjusting to Seattle’s possession-based style, Torres provided another aerial threat to a set-piece attack likely to improve with Andreas Ivanschitz finally healthy.
Evans, who is likely to return to central defense with Torres out, also is a question mark for Saturday’s match at Vancouver.
Evans played 35 woozy minutes after taking a Clarence Goodson fastball to the face early in Saturday’s match, but he did not practice Monday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Evans has begun post-concussion protocol.
Evans initially was allowed to continue after answering a series of questions from head athletic trainer Chris Cornish — “There’s a whole checklist that the trainers go through,” coach Sigi Schmid said — but was substituted out after struggling with a reassessment at halftime.
Evans will progress through a series of follow-ups in the coming days, eventually visiting a neurologist before getting the go-ahead to get back on the field.
Schmid set to return Saturday
Schmid reaffirmed his intention to return to the sideline Saturday at Vancouver “whether they want me there or not,” he said Monday.
Schmid missed the team’s past two matches while dealing with unspecified “health issues.” Assistant Brian Schmetzer coached the team in Schmid’s absence.
“To go from playing to coaching, the hardest thing is that you’ve lost control,” Schmid said. “As a player, you always have control over something, over some aspect out there. As a coach, you’ve lost all that. But you get yourself into a mind-set and a rhythm, in terms of coaching. When you’re watching on TV instead of watching on the sidelines, then you’ve lost even more control.”
Worth the wait for Ivanschitz
Ivanschitz’s first month in Seattle hasn’t exactly gone to plan. The midfielder was limited first by a quad injury, then by a muscle strain.
But the Austrian made an immediate impact when he finally did get on the field, helping set up Obafemi Martins’ game-tying goal Saturday in San Jose.
“This summer wasn’t easy, in general,” Ivanschitz said Monday. “Being back on the pitch makes me very happy, and it was worth it.”
His highly touted set-piece skills lived up to the hype — and quickly changed the game. Seattle had struggled to maintain consistent pressure around San Jose’s box even after going a goal down, but suddenly its corner and free kicks had extra bite.
Ivanschitz picked out Lamar Neagle in the middle of the box for a free header and just missed Chad Marshall’s head a few minutes later.