Sounders defender Roman Torres out for season with knee injury

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Sounders central defender Roman Torres will miss the rest of the MLS season after suffering a knee injury last weekend against San Jose.

Seattle confirmed Torres is out for the year on Monday after the captain of the Panama national team underwent an MRI. The team said it would have no other comment until Tuesday.

Torres signed with Seattle in mid-August after helping Panama reach the Gold Cup semifinals. Torres previously played for Millonarios in Colombia and is regarded as the top defender on Panama's national team. Torres has six international goals since 2013 and scored in Panama's loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinals in July.

Torres was injured just before halftime of Seattle's 1-1 draw with San Jose. He appeared in four matches for Seattle.

The injury is also a blow to Panama's World Cup qualifying hopes, with Los Canaleros in a tough group with Costa Rica, Jamaica and Haiti in CONCACAF's semifinal round, which kicks off in November.

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