We already know that the Seattle Sounders will more than likely be losing a few players for the upcoming Gold Cup. However, it seems that Roman Torres will not participate with Panama during this year’s tournament.
Earlier today, Torres sent out a series of tweets indicating as much.
bnas tarde en un acuerdo mutuo con el Profe.Bolillo decidí no participar en la Copa Oro, se que puedo jugar pero creo en las oportunidades— Román Torres (@romantorres05) June 22, 2017
Soy consciente de está decisión y no ha sido fácil para mí Amo a mi pais y mi Sele pero se que van a entenderme— Román Torres (@romantorres05) June 22, 2017
Quiero llegar a las Eliminatorias con todo y entregarme en cuerpo y alma a mi Pais, sueño con.el Mundial como.ustedes.le deseo mucha suerte— Román Torres (@romantorres05) June 22, 2017
In short, he has decided not to participate as it’s also a World Cup qualifying year and he hopes that everyone understands.
Hopefully having Torres remain with the team will allow him to get back to his 2016 form. It would be nice to have a majority of the backline stay together during the Gold Cup.
Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey and Cristian Roldan were all named to to the provisional roster by US Men’s national team coach Bruce Arena. We will find out Sunday who of them get the call and when they will leave the team, which could be as early as Monday.
Oniel Fisher could receive a callup by Jamaica as could Jordy Delem as Martinique also qualified. Joevin Jones will remain with the Sounders as Trinidad and Tobago did not qualify for the Gold Cup.
The Sounders will be on a break from July 5 to July 18 for the group stage. If the US makes it to the knockout stages, the Sounders would be missing players for the July 19 game against D.C. United. Also, if the Sounders advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, these players will also miss that game as it is tentatively scheduled to take place the week of July 11.