The Panamanian international travelled with the team to Houston, and in the words of interim coach Brian Schmetzer: “I will find minutes for him in the game.”
Sounders defender Roman Torres has been activated from the disabled list, added to the roster effective immediately and is expected to return to game action during Wednesday night’s match at the Houston Dynamo.
The Panamanian international travelled with the team to Houston. And though Torres is unlikely to start, interim coach Brian Schmetzer said Tuesday in a phone interview that he “will find minutes for him in the game.”
The 30-year-old center back tore his left ACL in a match against the San Jose Earthquakes last September, beginning a long rehabilitation that has lasted almost a year. Torres played in just four matches prior to the injury after joining the Sounders midseason from Colombian side Millonarios.
Wednesday’s match at BBVA Compass Stadium is the middle portion of Seattle’s run of three league games in eight days. The Sounders face off with the Portland team they’re still chasing in the Western Conference standings again on Sunday at Providence Park.
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With that in mind, expect a handful of changes to a lineup that has been fixed throughout the Sounders’ ongoing three-match win streak.
“I need to get some guys rest,” Schmetzer said. “I need to get some of the older guys off their feet. I just need to be smart. … This is a must-win game for us but I can’t totally forget about Portland.”
Schmetzer has made but a single lineup change from his initial XI after taking over from Sigi Schmid late last month, replacing forward Nelson Valdez with midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz following the 1-1 home draw against Los Angeles. Schmetzer conceded that he is concerned about breaking up the Sounders’ current positive momentum but that he was heartened by Tuesday evening’s training session in Houston.
“It certainly provides a set of challenges,” Schmetzer said. “The schedule is what it is. Even if I were not an interim coach, that decision is always out there for guys. … It’s part of our job.”