Román Torres still isn’t quite sure what his future holds, it seems. The centerback told the media on Thursday that the Seattle Sounders still have a club option on his contract, but implied that his former club in Colombia is interested in bringing him back.
"Todo está en manos del @SoundersFC ahora mismo, ellos definirán si me renuevan contrato o no. Ahora mi mente está en la selección", Román Torres responde si se queda en Seattle o regresa al Millonarios de Colombia. pic.twitter.com/0ix2fnCHbs— #MillosSeRespeta (@MillonariosEste) November 14, 2019
As recently as six weeks ago, Torres seemed to be as good as gone. Although he’d played reasonably well for the second half of the season, he had missed 10 games due to suspension for PED use. Combined with his up and down performances over the past couple years, it seemed unlikely the Sounders would be bringing back a player who reportedly made $740,000 in guaranteed compensation this year.
But Torres did the most with his opportunities once he returned. The 33-year-old scored the game-winner in the Sounders’ season finale and then started three of the playoff games, including MLS Cup.
Further complicating Torres’ future is the status of Kim Kee-hee, who started alongside him in MLS Cup. Kim has been linked to a move to the Middle East and will apparently be out of contract at the end of the year. Xavier Arreaga will presumably be a starter next season, but the Sounders may be reluctant to lose their two most-used centerbacks with Concacaf Champions League looming.