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Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres suspended 10 games

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NEW YORK (AP) Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres has been suspended 10 games by Major League Soccer after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

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The league handed down the suspension Friday, two days before Seattle hosts Sporting Kansas City. The Sounders currently sit in second place in the Western Conference standings.

Along with the suspension, Torres has been fined 20% of his annual salary. According to the MLS Players Association database, Torres is scheduled to make a base salary of $670,000 and guaranteed compensation of $740,000 for this season.

Torres may not participate in team training or use team facilities during his suspension. He may train with Seattle’s USL affiliate two weeks prior to the first MLS game he’s eligible to play – Sept. 29 against San Jose.

Torres has appeared in 15 matches and started 11 for Seattle this season. He has played 1,035 minutes this season, eighth on Seattle’s roster.

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MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 2-0 Seattle Sounders (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): For the first time quite some time, Real Salt Lake looked like a team that had “it,” with “it” being hope, in a season-saving (for now) 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. With their season very much on the line against the Sounders (Seattle entered the game sixth in the Western Conference with RSL six points back with just eight more games to play), Jeff Cassar’s side showed the kind of urgency they hadn’t really done thus far in 2015. After dropping three straight games by a combined score of 11-4, RSL jumped on the Sounders early and held on to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Sounders, on the other hand, looked completely overwhelmed and more their pre-Obafemi-Martins-returning selves than the bunch who hammered Orlando City SC last week. With the victory, RSL move to within three points of the sixth-place Sounders, who lost ground on fourth-place Portland, second-place Vancouver and potentially first-place LA (vs. New York City FC, Sunday) this weekend.

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Three moments that mattered

12′ — Morales converts from the sport, gives RSL a lead — Roman Torres was adjudged by referee Ismail Elfath to have handled the ball inside his own penalty area, though replays indicated the Panamanian defender may have been just outside the area. Regardless, Javier Morales did his part and RSL had a 1-0 lead.

19′ — Mulholland hits the bar, Jaime heads home the rebound — Luke Mulholland very nearly doubled RSL’s lead himself with a powerful effort from nearly 25 yards out, but he found only the crossbar. Fortunately for RSL, Sebastian Jaime followed up and didn’t fluff his follow-up header with a wide open goal.

73′ — Frei skies to keep Olave’s header out — Jaime, who was an absolute terror for 87 minutes Saturday night, nearly got himself an assist in the 73rd minute when he rounded a pair of Sounders defenders on the right wing and whipped in a cross that found the head of Jamison Olave. Stefan Frei was all that stood in the way of a 3-0 scoreline, and the big Swiss made the stop.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Jaime

Goalscorers: Morales (12′ – PK), Jaime (19′)

Panama 1-2 Mexico: Extra time chaos as Geiger gives early red, pair of late penalties to Mexico

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Roman Torres looked to have done it again, and done it against the odds. Then, he had it taken from him.

The 29-year-old Millionarios defender had scored the only goal of Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to give Panama a 1-0 lead over Mexico. Torres’ goal put El Tri on the verge of elimination, after scoring the match-winner to eliminate Mexico in 2013.

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But American referee Mark Geiger awarded Mexico a controversial 89th minute penalty kick, and then a much less controversial PK in the 104th. Andres Guardado converted both attempts, and Mexico went on to beat Panama 2-1 and advance to the Gold Cup final.

Mexico will face Jamaica on Sunday, while Panama meets the U.S. in the tournament’s third place match on Saturday.

A soft red card to Panama came early in the match, and seemed a surefire sign that Mexico was on its way to another Gold Cup final. Torres and his stingy teammates had other plans.

Luis Tejada picked up a red from American referee Mark Geiger when he went arm-first into Francisco Rodriguez’s face during a 50/50 ball. It was a foul and, in our eyes, a yellow card.

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Torres put Panama up 1-0 with a second-half header, and Los Canaleros were about a half-hour away from advancing to a second-straight final. And they made it into the final minute, when Geiger made this now infamous decision.

 

Mexican fans reigned down debris on Panama players, and the match was held up for 11 minutes before Guardado stepped up to nail his first penalty kick and send the match to extra time.

After the final whistle, Panama’s entire bench charged the referee crew. They were led down the tunnel by a host of yellow-shirted security guards.