Just as the team begins to get together, some key players will be taking off for a few weeks. Román Torres and Marco Pappa are among the Seattle Sounders who have been called up to play for their National Teams. The two join Clint Dempsey and Victor Mansaray who were named to two United States rosters last week.
Torres will be joining Panama for friendliest against Uruguay and Venezuela, the later of which is on September 8. He'll be joined by Anibal Godoy of the San Jose Earthquakes, and FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez.
Guatemala is taking Pappa for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda on September 4 and 8. He will also be joined by MLS talent in Dallas' Moises Hernández and Real Salt Lake's Elías Vásquez .
Torres, Pappa and Mansaray won't be available for Saturday's home match versus Toronto FC, though could play in San Jose against the Earthquakes on Sept. 12. Dempsey, not yet recovered from a hamstring injury that has kept him off the field for weeks, will join the United States for the Brazil match before returning to the Sounders.
Torres' absence leaves the door open for Brad Evans to step back into his spot at center back for the first time since Torres joined the team, a move which caused frustration for the frequently moving Evans.