Five players from the Seattle Sounders first team were away on international duty during the recent break, and while the quality of their performances varied, they all came back healthy. In most of their cases, they even came back reasonably well rested.
Head coach Brian Schmetzer even declared that all of them would "absolutely" be available to play in Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
That includes center back Roman Torres, who made his first competitive appearance in nearly a year when he played the final 45 minutes of the Sounders’ 4-2 loss to the Portland Timbers on Aug. 28. Torres followed that up with a 90-minute shift for Panama in their World Cup qualifier against Jamaica last Friday. With Panama’s advancement already secured, Torres got the day off in the final third-round game.
"He will play in the (San Jose) match," Schmetzer said about Torres, who was due to return to Seattle this afternoon. "Where and when and how, I can’t say. He’ll play, he’ll find some minutes somewhere."
Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro should be similarly well rested. Morris came off the bench in both of the United States’ matches, logging 47 total minutes. Lodeiro played 60 minutes in Uruguay’s 1-0 loss to Argentina and didn’t play at all in their 4-0 win over Paraguay.
The Sounders’ only potential starter who logged heavy minutes during the break was Joevin Jones. Deployed as an attacker with Trinidad and Tobago, Jones played all 180 minutes. He also scored a pair of impressive goals as the Soca Warriors advanced to the Hex.