• Saturday Dec 09, 2017

    Panama int’l Torres, Seattle Sounders FC target MLS Cup repeat

    Seattle Sounders FC and Panama defender Roman Torres (pictured) gets ready to train at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, on December 8, 2017. (Photo: Mike Fietchner/Seattle Sounders FC Communications)

    TORONTO -- The first thing Roman Torres did after entering BMO Field on Friday was to recreate his winning penalty kick from the shootout in the 2016 MLS Cup final that boosted his Seattle Sounders FC to the title.

    "It was more motivation," the Panama international said in regard to his reasons for reliving the special moment.  "We arrived here and looking at the stadium, remembering what happened last year when I scored that penalty.  I just wanted to recreate it and do it again and, yeah, I scored it again."

     The sides will meet again  Saturday in the 2017 decider, with Torres and his Seattle teammates trying to become the fourth team in league history to repeat as champion, joining D.C. United (1996, 1997), Houston Dynamo (2006, 2007) and LA Galaxy (2011, 2012).

     Another championship would climax a memorable year for the 31-year-old defender, who played a key role in Panama securing its first FIFA World Cup berth.

    "It was very motivating for me, winning MLS Cup last year and also being able to reach the World Cup with Panama,” remarked Torres.  “Tomorrow, we have another big objective of hopefully getting another title."

    Torres has anchored a backline that has not allowed a goal in 647 minutes of MLS playoff play, dating back to last season’s competition.

    “Having a guy of his quality and size in front of you definitely helps,” goalkeeper Stefan Frei said.  “He’s comfortable on the ball as well, so that definitely bodes well.”

    Both Seattle and Toronto will compete in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

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