Seattle Sounders have more options for the upcoming game against San Jose with defender Roman Torres back in training for the team. Nicolas Lodeiro is also likely to be available considering that his lower back injury could be solved by the use of painkillers. These options are very important for manager Brian Schmetzer following the two disappointing results since beating New York Red Bulls. Seattle have been unable to score in the last two games – against Dallas and DC United – and they have only picked up only one point from these matches. As a result, the team has slipped down the table.

Seattle have a two-point deficit to Minnesota United in the second spot of the Western conference. Since there are just two games left in the regular campaign, the team are looking for a boost going into the games against San Jose and Minnesota United. After being suspended for 10 games due to substance abuse, Torres has just made his comeback. He has started training with the team and the defender said that it was extremely frustrating to be on the sidelines. However, his participation in the game against San Jose will depend on his fitness levels. Nicolas Lodeiro, meanwhile, picked up an injury while playing against FC Dallas in the middle of September. He was unavailable for the loss against DC United, but Schmetzer spoke with positivity about his potential for a comeback.
“It has been frustrating to just sit and watch the games from the outside, unable to help, to motivate. Being the leader I’ve always strived to be, it has been hard for me to be away from the field whenever my teams go through difficulties and even more when it’s on the defensive end,” said Torres. “If we can give him (Lodeiro) enough legal painkillers, he will play. He’s a big part of this team,” said Schmetzer.