Cristian Roldan

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Dempsey and Lodeiro named to Team of the Week

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Dempsey had a brace and assist in Seattle's 4-0 win over Minnesota United

While it was a team effort by the Seattle Sounders in their 4-0 win away to Minnesota United, two performances were deemed to be a cut above the rest. Major League Soccer named both Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro to their latest Team of the Week, after the former bagged a brace and an assist, while the latter also had an assist in an all-around excellent showing in Minnesota on Saturday.

Cristian Roldan is with the USMNT for Gold Cup Final

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While he won't play, US Soccer requested his release to honor his hard work at the beginning of the tournament

Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan is fresh off probably his best match ever in Rave Green this week, but he missed Wednesday's training session to be honored for a different role he recently played.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Community player ratings form

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Rate the Sounders in their dominant home win over San Jose.

The Seattle Sounders exploded offensively in the second half of this match against San Jose Earthquakes, coming away with what turned out to be quite a comfortable win.

Thanks to several absences, Seattle lined up in yet another look for the starting XI, including Jordy Delem paired with Gustav Svensson in the defensive midfield, Cristian Roldan in a more free central attacking role, and the first start for new right back Kelvin Leerdam.

Cristian Roldan credits national team experience for epic performance against San Jose

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The Sounders and USA midfielder said that adapting to the speed of international soccer boosted his confidence

SEATTLE — Thanks to international duty (and Osvaldo Alonso's injury), the last two Seattle Sounders matches looked rather dire as Brian Schmetzer was forced to experiment with his starting XI to compensate for the lack of players.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Highlights, Stats and quotes

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"The psychological advantage comes not only from our place in the standings, but also the way we're winning games. Winning always helps your confidence." -Brian Schmetzer


Seattle Sounders FC 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 0

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Alan Kelly

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Jeffrey Hosking

Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 43,528

Weather: 72 degrees and sunny


SEA - Cristian Roldan (Gustav Svensson, Kelvin Leerdam) 54'

SEA - Cristian Roldan 56'

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (Joevin Jones) 65'


SJ - Jackson Yueill (caution) 57'

SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 60'

SJ - Andres Imperiale (caution) 87'


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Harry Shipp 84'), Román Torres - captain, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Jordy Delem, Brad Evans (Aaron Kovar 71'), Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones (Tony Alfaro 86'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Seyi Adekoya, Henry Wingo, Zach Mathers

Total shots: 19 (Roldan, 5)

Shots on goal: 5 (Roldan, 3)

Fouls: 5 (Five players, 1)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 8 (Jones, 6)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)

San Jose Earthquakes - David Bingham; Andres Imperiale, Florian Jungwirth, Victor Bernardez; Nick Lima, Jackson Yueill, Jahmir Hyka (Quincy Amarikwa 80'), Anibal Godoy, Tommy Thompson (Shea Salinas 71'); Chris Wondolowski - captain, Danny Hoesen (Vako 62')

Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, Cordell Cato, Fatai Alashe, Simon Dawkins

Total shots: 12 (Hoesen, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 15 (Godoy, 4)

Offside: 2 (Wondolowski/Hoesen, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Hyka, 4)

Saves: 2 (Bingham, 3)



On the confidence of Cristian Roldan:

"You can tell when he came back from national team camp that that kind of energized him a little bit.

Sounders steamroll Earthquakes, win third straight

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It used to be the calling card of Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy, this easing into the season before finding your stride. But for the second season in a row the Seattle Sounders seem to be putting a slow start in the rearview mirror come late July. Last year the turnaround ended in an MLS Cup victory.

Sounders mount huge comeback to top D.C. United

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There is a reason, perhaps, the Seattle Sounders are the defending MLS Cup champions.

A reason, too, D.C. United owns the worst record in the league.

D.C. United entered Wednesday's match against the Sounders with the worst record in MLS, and having scored eight fewer goals than any other team in the league.

Cristian Roldan returns to Seattle with future USMNT caps in mind

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Because his hard work for the Sounders earned him his first call up, he doesn't plan on changing a thing

Fresh off his first cap for the United States national team, Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan has returned to his club after swapping spots with Clint Dempsey ahead of the Gold Cup knockout round.

Clint Dempsey reportedly added to USMNT’s Gold Cup roster

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Dempsey one of five veterans who will join for the knockout stage.

Just as Clint Dempsey was finding his form for the Seattle Sounders, he'll be called away for the knockout stages of the Gold Cup, according to a report in The formal announcement is expected to come later Saturday with Dempsey one of the five veteran USMNT players called in.

Clint Dempsey not starting vs. Timbers

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This would have been his third game in eight days.

PORTLAND, Ore. — For one of the few times this year, the Seattle Sounders are using very close to their A-lineup ... with one very notable exception. Clint Dempsey will begin the match on the bench, with Cristian Roldan moving into the No.

2017 Gold Cup roster: Cristian Roldan earns first call-up

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Jordan Morris joins his best friend. Clint Dempsey is not on the initial release, but can be added in the knockout round.

As expected, the United States Gold Cup roster is mostly younger MLS players. Both Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan earned the nod from Bruce Arena. It will be Roldan's first opportunity to wear the red, white and blue with the senior side.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Player ratings

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Cristian Roldan proved himself to be the best swimmer in this ugly road loss.

Losing 1-2 on the road to a good New York City FC team is not a complete failure, but the Seattle Sounders were frustrated with the final result after taking a lead into halftime. Seattle is a finesse team that likes to keep the ball, work intricate passes, and utilize wide areas.

Sounders' Roldan rising to challenge as potential USMNT call-up looms

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The next few weeks are vital for Cristian Roldan. Since his emergence throughout the Seattle Sounders' 2016 MLS Cup run, Roldan has long been trumpeted as one of the league's most underrated up-and-comers. Over the past several months, Roldan has all but fortified his spot in the heart of the team's midfield, becoming as vital a piece as any in the Sounders starting lineup.

Little mistakes doom Sounders in rain-filled loss to NYCFC

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Ozzie Alonso could barely recall a game quite as rain-soaked. There was a game in Cuba that sprung to mind many years ago, one impacted by downpours nearly as much as Saturday's. Cristian Roldan recalled a game in Los Angeles where he was drenched throughout the 90 minutes.

Cristian Roldan scores the opener at Yankee Stadium

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It might be wet, but our CR7 got it done

Despite fairly even game in awful conditions at Yankee Stadium, the Seattle Sounders were first to strike on the road today through midfielder Cristian Roldan. After some great work to start the play and some help from the rain, Roldan beat the defense to fire the ball past Sean Johnson to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 13

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Week 13 in MLS provided plenty of entertainment, with some rivalry matches and plenty of high scoring games.

The action got underway on Thursday, as the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas, 2-1, with all of the goals coming in the first nine minutes. (READ)

Toronto FC continued their strong run of form with a dominant performance against the Columbus Crew, putting five goals past them.

Sounders vs. Timbers recap: Early Cristian Roldan goal proves enough

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This was just the third 1-0 result in the Sounders-Timbers rivalry during the MLS era.

SEATTLE — There was nothing particularly attractive about the game, but the three points count all the same for the Seattle Sounders. After scoring a 4th minute goal on a Cristian Roldan header, the Sounders were mostly content to let the Portland Timbers carry the play.

Sounders have handled fixture congestion well in past

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This stretch of six games in 23 days could come to define the season.

Over the course of the next 23 days, the Seattle Sounders will play six league matches. It's a heavy load — in fact they've never played so many league games in so few days before — but one they know could end up defining their season.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Community player ratings form

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This high-profile match ended in a stalemate, but let's rate the individual performances.

With changes upon changes to the backline, the Seattle Sounders looked susceptible to the dangers of the high-flying Atlanta United FC offense. But AUFC had injury and fitness problems of their own, leading to a blunted attack.

Cristian Roldan continues to reset any expectations

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Ho-hum, just another outstanding performance for the midfielder.

SEATTLE — Even with a makeshift backline and Clint Dempsey starting on the bench, the Seattle Sounders probably went to bed following Friday's game feeling as though they dropped two points rather than won one. The reasons aren't difficult to suss out.

Seattle Sounders vs. Club Necaxa, recap: Friendlies don’t mean much

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Alvaro Fernandez scores Seattle's only goal in a 1-1 draw.

Facing Club Necaxa with a depleted roster, the Seattle Sounders took a one-nil lead but failed to hold on to it in the last minutes of the match. The 1-1 draw in a friendly means little. It was the Rave Green veterans that showed the best form in the game.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.

Clint Dempsey

Cristian Roldan keeps unwrapping new layers of his game

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This is starting to look like a very deep team.

SEATTLE — Raise your hand if you saw that one coming. Now, put it down you filthy liars. Even the most enthusiastic Sounders fans surely didn't see a third straight three-goal outburst, especially in a game without Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro.

Sounders vs. Earthquakes, recap: Cristian Roldan brace paves way to victory

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Midfielder scores two goals just a couple minutes apart.

SEATTLE — Missing Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders knew they were going to need to get offense from someone new. It should possibly come as little surprise that it was Cristian Roldan who stepped up.

The Seattle Sounders midfielder — deployed in the No.

Arena makes his knockouts swaps

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So Bruce Arena took advantage of all six roster changes allowed ahead of the quarterfinals. In: Tim Howard, Jesse Gonzalez, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey Out: Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer There were a few surprises, and they were all in the out group.

Jesse Gonzalez among 6 players added to USMNT roster

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Bruce Arena has made his six roster changes.

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez were all added to the U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup roster on Sunday.

Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer were sent back to their respective sides to make room.

Gold Cup roster predictions: Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris make cut

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Experts all seem to think the USMNT is ready for Jorstian Mordan.

If notable national team observers are to be believed, the United States is about to get a healthy dose of Jorstian Mordan during the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. In fact, it would have to be considered a genuine shock if both Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris weren't called up together given that all six sites we surveyed predicted just that.

Sounders vs. Atlanta United, recap: No goals, but lots of fun

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Sounders hit the post twice but can't find the back of the net.

A game that was robbed of much of its star power due to the recent spat of international games still turned out to be an entertaining — if scoreless — affair. The Seattle Sounders probably created more and better chances, hitting the woodwork twice, but couldn't find the back of the net in a 0-0 tie against Atlanta United.

Jordan Morris

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Seattle Sounders right back Jordy Delem is currently with Martinique for the Gold Cup. ESPN FC did a story about how Delem is a success story for Martinique.

Both Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan started and played all 90 minutes in the United States 3-2 win over Martinique.

Jordan Morris leads USA to top of Group B

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Cristian Roldan plays a full 90 in 3-2 win over Martinque

Bruce Arena made eight changes from the team that drew with Panama. The biggest of those was the insertion of Jordan Morris as the second forward alongside Juan Agudelo. Cristian Roldan also started and is now only able to represent the United States.

Will Bruin

Sounders vs. Dynamo, recap: Will Bruin returns to score winner

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Cristian Roldan gets the assist as Sounders run home shutout streak to 337 minutes.

SEATTLE — As their struggles on the road only continue to get worse, the importance of every Seattle Sounders home game only seems to grow. After a disheartening loss in midweek to the Crew, the Sounders found themselves in another virtual must-win against the Houston Dynamo.

Will Bruin opens the scoring against Houston

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In his first game back from injury, Bruin finally found the net

It took until the 69th minute, but the Sounders finally notched the first goal of the match against the Dynamo when Cristian Roldan put in an inch-perfect cross that Will Bruin headed into the back of the net from close range.

Will Bruin scores the first goal of the match from an excellent Cristian Roldan cross pic.

The Rest

Cristian Roldan happy to be among three Gold Cup winning Sounders

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It was his second trophy win with Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey

For Cristian Roldan, the Gold Cup final was a special game. He wasn't on the field for the USA, but it was the culmination of his first international tournament as a part of the squad.

Roldan's Gold Cup went something like this: a solid 90 minute shift against Martinique in the group stage, sent home to make way for team stalwarts, watched from Seattle, and ultimately returned to the squad for the final match as a fan with benefits (such as getting a medal and partaking in celebrations on the field and in the locker room).

Major Link Soccer: The Roldanissance

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Like Matthew McConaughey before him, Cristian Roldan's star only continues to rise. Is a luxury car commercial next?


Looking at the Sounders through the plus minus lens gleans a lot of insights, reiterating Jordan Morris' tough start to the season, as well as Nouhou's continued full sprint into our collective hearts.

Leerdam gets his first goal to put Seattle up 3-0

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The Sounders have scored three goals in 11 minutes

— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 24, 2017

Just minutes after the Sounders' second goal from Cristian Roldan, new Sounders signing Kelvin Leerdam got his first goal in rave green after he knocked in Joevin Jones' corner kick in the 65th minute.

Cristian Roldan grabs second in span of two minutes

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That's three goals in two games.

Cristian Roldan may not be known for his scoring prowess but that could be changing. The Sounders midfielder grabbed his second goal in two minutes and his third goal in two games, pouncing on a mishandled clearance and beating David Bingham to the far post.

Sounders are first team in MLS history to win a game after trailing 3-0

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They're also first team in MLS history to erase two three-goal deficits in a single season.

Through 50 minutes, the Seattle Sounders couldn't do anything right. Facing the worst team in the league at home, they were trailing 3-0 and had only managed to take four shots, none of which were on frame.

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Welcome back to the forecast after the another disappointing week. A loss in Seattle extends the Timbers' winless streak to five games and leaves them only two points clear of the red line. Seattle got on the board in the first five minutes from a corner kick when Chad Marshall flicked the ball onward, and it then struck an unsuspecting Cristian Roldan to deflect past Gleeson into goal.

Communication is key as Sounders return to Seattle

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There's no place like home—but it gets a little loud here.

The Seattle Sounders, who played five of their first seven matches of the 2017 season on the road, get to come home for the first of two straight matches at CenturyLink Field this weekend. They're set to face the New England Revolution, hoping to replicate the form they had in LA last week.