Update, 9/28, 1 PM PT: The trade is now official, with Torres returning to Seattle and Miami receiving a conditional draft pick in exchange.
WHOLE SQUAD BACK TOGETHER pic.twitter.com/ya5gfgXcP9— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 28, 2020
With the possibility of the Seattle Sounders being without the services of Ecuadorian international Xavier Arreaga for a month due to CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, they have reporotedly turned to an old friend for reinforcements for the 2020 MLS stretch run.
Center back Roman Torres is returning to Seattle. Inter Miami is sending Torres back to the Sounders for a protected first-round draft pick, sources tell @samstejskal and me. First-rounder in 2021 if the Sounders aren’t in first 19 picks. Second-rounder in ‘22 otherwise.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) September 28, 2020
According to a report from Paul Tenorio from The Athletic, the Sounders have agreed to send a protected first-round draft pick to Inter Miami in exchange for centerback Roman Torres, who joined the expansion side ahead of the start of the season.
Torres hardly needs an introduction to Sounders fans, having scored the famous penalty kick that won the Sounders their first MLS Cup title, and playing a key role down the stretch in the 2019 title run. Torres started in the MLS Cup title match versus Toronto FC, and played in all four of the playoff matches leading there.
Torres has played little with Inter Miami this year, appearing in five of Inter Miami’s 14 games, starting four. He has only played five minutes since the end of the MLS is Back Tournament.
The 34-year-old signed with the Sounders in 2015, but only made four appearances before tearing his ACL. After rehabbing for most of 2016, Torres returned and paired with Chad Marshall to form a formidable center back pairing for the next three years. After the 2019 season — which was interrupted by a 10-game suspension for using a banned substance — Torres and the Sounders were unable to agree to terms, and he left to sign with Inter Miami.
According to the report, the Sounders will send Inter Miami a protected first-round draft pick, which will be a first-rounder in 2021 if the Sounders aren’t in first 19 picks. Otherwise the Sounders will send Inter Miami a second-round pick in 2022 .