Seattle Sounders center back Román Torres was suspended by Major League Soccer for 10 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
The violation of the league’s substance and behavioral health policy will cost Torres a fine equal to 20 percent of his salary, according to a statement released Friday by the league. Torres also is banned from training and other team activities during his suspension.
Seattle has 12 games remaining in the regular season, meaning the Sounders will be without a key defender for the majority of the stretch run. Torres, 33, has played in 15 MLS games this season, starting 11. Earlier this summer, he participated in the Concacaf Gold Cup with Panama.
With Torres suspended, Xavier Arreaga may be in line for a more prominent role in Seattle’s back line.
Arreaga, a 24-year-old Ecuador international, signed with the Sounders as a designated player in May. He has played in five MLS games and started three since moving to the Emerald City from Barcelona SC of the Ecuadorian Serie A, but he has just 10 minutes in Seattle’s past three games.
Torres will be eligible to return for Seattle’s Sept. 29 road game against the San Jose Earthquakes. He will be allowed to train, but not play, with the Sounders’ USL affiliate 14 days prior to the game.