Meet The Central American Soccer Star Who Helped Seattle Win Its First Title

Panamanian soccer star Roman Torres is having a really good December. After sitting out most of the Major League Soccer season with an ACL injury, the Seattle Sounders defender capped off his year in style.

In the final of the MLS Cup, Torres was tasked with converting a high-pressure penalty shot that would make the Sounders MLS champions. Here’s how he did:

Torres calmly shot the ball into the back of net and the Seattle Sounders won their first MLS Cup.

Here’s how he celebrated:

Now, Torres has another reason to celebrate.

Torres was recently voted FutbolMLS.com’s Latino del Año, beating out Costa Rica’s Ronald Matarrita and Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos. He’s the first player from Panama to win the award.

The 30-year-old is probably hoping to carry that form into 2017, where he and the Panamanian national team are looking to book a ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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