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2015 Player Profile #21: Román Torres

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The massive Panamanian centerback didn't have time to show much, but what he showed was impressive.

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It happened right as the secondary transfer window was closing. It took a couple days after the window closed, but eventually Roman Torres was a Sounder. The club got their man. He seemed a bit of an extra as Seattle Sounders already had three-time Defender of the Year Chad Marshall and fringe USMNT CB Brad Evans. Still they brought in the Roman Tower.

Rank: 21 | Age: 29 | Starts: 4 | Appearances: 5 for 324 minutes | Bench: 2 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 1
all comps, 1st team

Offense:

A decent long passer who may have issues with short balls. Can be brought in as a late scoring threat. Is a wonderful target on set-pieces.

Defense:

Reads the game quite well and can defend on the ball or without it. Wins air duels and tackles well. Roman can take quick forwards out of their game by denying service. The target men he shuts down because he is bigger, stronger. On set-pieces the threat disappears.

Physique:

He plays massive. He's not particularly larger than other MLS CBs, but he uses ever bit of his body. His chest is thick, his thighs have thighs. A great leaper who is not fast.

Best Case 2016:

MLS Best XI and it will not matter that he's probably going to get back sometime between April and June. He was one of the 2015 CONCACAF Best XI. He can do that again. Torres is that good and that's what Hanauer, Lagerwey & Co added him to their mix using some TAM to get him below the DP threshold.