Roman Torres, converting the winning penalty kick in the 2016 MLS Cup, won’t be pulling off any heroics vs. the Red Bulls Sunday. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

The Red Bulls won’t have to worry about one key defender when they take on the Seattle Sounders Sunday.

That’s because center back Roman Torres has been suspended for the match, which is the defending Major League Soccer defending champions’ home opener at CenturyLink Field.

The MLS disciplinary committee suspended Torres for violent conduct that occurred in their game against Montreal Impact March 11.

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Torres, who converted the winning penalty kick in the Sounders’ shootout win over Toronto FC in the 2016  MLS Cup final, has played 175 minutes over two league games this season.

Center back Tony Alfaro is likely to replace Torres and play alongside Chad Marshall at center back, said.