Román Torres

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Román Torres
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Torres playing for Panamá
Personal information
Full name Román Aureliano Torres Morcillo
Date of birth (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 29
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Chepo 27 (5)
2005 San Francisco 33 (4)
2006 Cortuluá 39 (6)
2007–2015 La Equidad 84 (9)
2010 Atlético Junior (loan) 35 (7)
2011 Atlético Nacional (loan) 36 (8)
2012–2015 Millonarios (loan) 89 (5)
2015– Seattle Sounders FC 36 (1)
National team
2005– Panama 103 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017

Román Aureliano Torres Morcillo (born 20 March 1986) is a Panamanian footballer who plays as a defender for Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.[1]

Club career[edit]

Torres started his career at Chepo and played alongside compatriot Anthony Basile at Colombian side Cortuluá from January 2006.[2] In January 2007 he moved to La Equidad, where he was joined by compatriot Orlando Rodríguez.[3]

His performances gained him notice with several clubs, particularly with English Championship sides Blackpool and Swansea City during the winter transfer market in 2010.[4] However, a move to England never materialised. He was also on trial for the Championship team Nottingham Forest in December/January 2011/12, impressing then manager, Steve Cotterill. However, this move also failed to materialize.[5]

Millonarios FC[edit]

More recently, his continued good form at Millonarios FC caused Roman to be linked with a move to Brazilian side Palmeiras, though this too failed to materialize.[6]

He was a champion of the Colombian national football tournament Liga Postobón II 2012 with Millonarios,[7] for whom he played over 100 matches.[8]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

On 12 August 2015, Torres signed with American club, Seattle Sounders FC.[9] He made his debut for the club on 18 August, during a 4–0 win over Orlando City SC in Seattle.[10]

During a match on 12 September against the San Jose Earthquakes, Torres suffered a knee injury that resulted in him being substituted at half-time. It was later revealed to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury, forcing Torres to miss the rest of the season for surgery and rehabilitation.[11] Torres returned to team training in June 2016[12] and made his full return on 28 August during a match against the Portland Timbers.[13]

On 10 December 2016, Torres scored the Cup-winning penalty in a shoot-out against Toronto FC to win the MLS Cup, the first in Sounders history.

International career[edit]

Torres was a member of the Panama U-20 squad that took part in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Cup in the Netherlands.[14]

Torres has made 103 appearances for the full Panama national football team, including qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.[14] He made his debut at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup against South Africa on July 17, 2005.[15] He also made three appearances at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[16]

While captaining the Panamanian squad in the semifinal match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup[17] Torres scored the first goal of the match on a header. His team, down a man based on a red card awarded by American referee Mark Geiger,[18] went on to lose the match in extra time after Torres was called for a handball late in regulation.[19]

On October 10, 2017, during the final qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Torres scored the game winning goal against Costa Rica with 3 minutes left in the game, which combined with the United States' loss to Trinidad and Tobago, helped Panama qualify for their first ever World Cup.[20]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.[21][22]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 March 2010 Estadio Metropolitano de Fútbol de Lara, Barquisimeto, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 6 February 2013 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Costa Rica 2–0 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 24 July 2013 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, United States  Mexico 2–1 2–1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. 10 September 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Nicaragua 2–0 2–0 2014 Copa Centroamericana
5. 13 September 2014 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 2014 Copa Centroamericana
6. 27 March 2015 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 1–0 Friendly
7. 3 June 2015 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Ecuador 1–1 1–1 Friendly
8. 22 July 2015 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, United States  Mexico 1–0 1–2 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9. 13 June 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 2–2 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 10 October 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Costa Rica 2–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


Torres with Seattle Sounders in 2017


Chepo F.C.

San Francisco F.C.

La Equidad

Club Deportivo Popular Junior F.C. S.A.

Atlético Nacional

Millonarios Fútbol Club

Seattle Sounders




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  2. ^ Cinco panameños van al fútbol colombiano - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Rodríguez ficha con La Equidad - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  4. ^,19528,11728_5836645,00.html
  5. ^ "Forest players warned they must still earn new deals". 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Panamanian defender Roman Torres set for Palmeiras -, all About Brazilian Football". 
  7. ^ "Liga Postobon Championship 2012 - Full Details". 
  8. ^ Román Torres festejó con un gol sus 101 juegos con Millonarios - El Tiempo (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Sounders FC signs Panamanian National Team captain Román Torres". Seattle Sounders FC. August 12, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Ruiz, Don (August 16, 2015). "New lineup helps Seattle Sounders roll past Orlando City". The News Tribune. Tacoma, Washington. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ Pentz, Matt (September 14, 2015). "Sounders center back Roman Torres suffers season-ending knee injury". The Seattle Times. p. C2. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Pentz, Matt (June 10, 2016). "Defender Torres almost ready to return from ACL tear". The Seattle Times. p. C6. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ Pentz, Matt (August 28, 2016). "Roman Torres returns, Brian Schmetzer eschews excuses and other Sounders-Timbers notes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Román TorresFIFA competition record
  15. ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  16. ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Mexico-Panama Gold Cup referee, N.J.'s Mark Geiger, under fire after blown calls". 
  19. ^ "CONCACAF says ref Mark Geiger admits Gold Cup errors". 
  20. ^ "From agony to ecstasy: Panama's remarkable journey to the 2018 World Cup and a night they'll never forget". The Independent. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "Torres, Román". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  22. ^ Román Aureliano Torres - Century of International Appearances

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