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Roman Torres ‘very close’ to extension

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Niko Moreno reporting that the new deal would keep Torres in Seattle until at least 2020.

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UPDATE (Jan. 20): At MLS Media Day Torres confirms that he and the team are working on an extension.

Roman Torres is reportedly “very close” to signing a contract extension with the Seattle Sounders, according to a report by Seattle-based journalist Niko Moreno. The extension would apparently keep the 31-year-old in Rave Green for at least a couple more years.

After a slow start in which his fitness was called into question, Torres finished the season strong, helping to lead the Sounders to a second straight MLS Cup Final. Over his last 16 starts (including playoffs), the Sounders allowed just seven goals and went 9-2-5. He also contributed a pair of late-game assists that allowed the Sounders to pull out points against the Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy.

In addition to his strong defensive play with the Sounders, Torres also became a hero in his native Panama. His last-minute goal against Costa Rica allowed Panama to clinch its first-ever World Cup berth.

The extension would also likely put to rest rumors of a transfer back to Colombian powerhouse Millonarios, who various outlets have reported were interested in bringing Torres back.