This international break was shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Sounders, with a record nine players called up to their respective national teams. In the end, though, it wasn’t all that.
Only Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) started in two games, while Oniel Fisher (Jamaica), Roman Torres (Panama) Clint Dempsey (United States) and Jordan Morris (USA) were the only others to even start one. Cristian Roldan (USA), Nouhou (Cameroon) and Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay) all failed to play. Gustav Svensson (Sweden) was limited to a single appearance off the bench.
Perhaps the most notable performance (from a Sounders perspective) was turned in by Torres, who played 81 minutes in Panama’s 3-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago. What made the performance so noteworthy was that Torres left after landing awkwardly on his leg.
Fortunately, Torres didn’t seem particularly concerned.
“It is nothing serious. Now it is time to go back to our clubs to keep working because what comes up next is important.” - Translation by Carlos Villavicencio
Dempsey and Morris both came off the bench in the first USA qualifier — a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica at home — and started in the 1-1 draw at Honduras. Neither player had a particularly strong game, but Morris did help set up the late equalizer.
Trinidad & Tobago
Jones, who notably skipped out on the Sounders a full week before the international window opened, did not feature in the friendly he theoretically was in such a hurry to play in. He did, however, start both World Cup Qualifiers and converted a penalty in the first.
Unfortunately, the Soca Warriors dropped both games and are effectively eliminated from World Cup contention. They sit last in the Hex on three points, six points shy and 12 goals back on the first tiebreaker of the final qualifying spot with two games left to play.
Svensson did not feature in Sweden’s 3-2 loss to Bulgaria but he played 21 minutes off the bench in a 4-0 win over Belarus. They currently sit second in their World Cup qualifying group. That was Svensson’s first cap since early 2016.
Already eliminated from World Cup 2018 qualifying, Jamaica faced Canada in a friendly. Fisher started and played 90 minutes as a midfielder in a 2-0 loss.