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Román Torres thanks Seattle, says goodbye

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Sounders now have a giant hole to fill on the back line

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

When the Seattle Sounders declined Román Torres’ option on Wednesday, it seemed likely that he would not suit up for the Rave Green again even after GM Garth Lagerwey expressed optimism at bringing him back.

On Thursday, he put any hope to rest by announcing via social media that the 2019 season would be his last with the Sounders.

“Dear Sounders Family,

It is with great sadness that I write these words to inform you that this was my last season as a Seattle Sounders Player.

I want to thank the Sounders organization for giving me the opportunity to join this team in 2015, and most of all, for making me feel part of this family since the first moment me and my family arrived at the United States.

I would also like to thank all the staff, from technical to administrative staff, all of you always were there to help me whenever I needed.

To my teammates: This group is a family and you know how much I appreciate all of you, thanks for helping me be a better player and a person. Thanks for everything and keep making history for this team. All the best on what’s coming next on your careers.

Sounders fans: You are simply unforgettable, all the love and support you have shown to me and my family is something I will always have in my heart. Saying THANK YOU may not be enough for all the love received throughout these years.

I came here with big expectations, and now, after more than 4 years, 3 Conference Championships and 2 MLS Cups, I can look back and feel proud of what we have achieved together.

From now and always a Sounders fan, expecting that soccer makes us meet again, always wishing the best to you, your families and Seattle Sounders organization.

Román Torres”

The 33-year-old came to the Sounders from Millonarios in 2015 and quickly became a dominant pairing with Chad Marshall. Over parts of four seasons, he made 79 appearances across all competitions, which included three appearances in MLS Cup, two of which the Sounders won and one in which he famously hit the winning penalty in a shootout. His lone goal for the Sounders came in a crucial game against Minnesota to end the 2019 regular season that allowed them to claim the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. He also became a legend in his native Panama after scoring the goal that sent Los Canaleros to their first-ever World Cup.

While currently unknown where Román will land next, he will be forever remembered in Seattle for his charisma with the fans, his aerial presence on the field, a distinct love for pushing into the attack, an MLS Cup-winning penalty kick, and an almost always-present smile.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart