Cristian Roldan

Brian Schmetzer

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"For the guys that put in all of that effort and all of that work – it stings a little bit. But it gives them some good incentive for the next game." -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Sporting Kansas City 2 - Seattle Sounders FC 2

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Venue: Children's Mercy Park

Referee: Drew Fisher

Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Jeffrey Greeson

Fourth Official: Dave Gantar

VAR: Geoff Gamble

Attendance: 18,508

Weather: 30 degrees and clear


SKC - Ille Sanchez (penalty) 34'

SEA - Will Bruin (Chad Marshall, Nicolás Lodeiro) 45'+3'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (Will Bruin, Alex Roldan) 73'

SKC - Graham Zusi (Jimmy Medranda) 78'


SEA - Jordan McCrary (caution) 24'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (caution) 44'

SKC - Roger Espinoza (caution) 53'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 85'

SKC - Jimmy Medranda (caution) 90'+7'


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 88'), Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Handwalla Bwana (Osvaldo Alonso 68'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem, Lamar Neagle, Henry Wingo

Total shots: 10 (Bruin, 4)

Shots on goal: 3 (Bruin, 2)

Fouls: 7 (Tolo / Svensson, 2)

Offside: 5 (Bruin, 3)

Corner-kicks: 0

Saves: 6 (Frei, 6)

Sporting Kansas City - Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler - captain, Jimmy Medranda; Roger Espinoza, Ile Sánchez, Yohan Croizet (Cristian Lobato 74'); Johnny Russell (Gerso Fernandes), Khiry Shelton, Daniel Sallói

Substitutes not used: Adrián Zendejas, Seth Sinovic, Emiliano Amor, Jaylin Lindsey, Diego Rubio

Total shots: 11 (Three players, 2)

Shots on goal: 8 (Zusi / Sanchez, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Espinoza, 4)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Russell, 2)

Saves: 1 (Melia, 1)

Post-Match Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer

Thoughts on the match.

Cristian Roldan: Sounders looked “lackadaisical” in Montreal loss

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Neither the midfielder nor skipper Brian Schmetzer were happy with what they saw on film.

As the Seattle Sounders are learning to their chagrin in the early phases of the MLS season, game film from periods of playing with only 10 men is all but useless from a tactical standpoint. Cristian Roldan and Brian Schmetzer also didn't much like what they saw in the 40 minutes of usable footage generated from Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact.

Cristian Roldan doesn’t seem too worried about injury

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Sounders midfielder suggests he may not miss any games.

SEATTLE — Cristian Roldan has never been a player to shy away from contact. Over the past two games, though, he's been taking quite a beating. Against the Vancouver Whitecaps, he may have even suffered some genuine damage.

Roldan went down in a heap on the play Victor Rodriguez eventually scored the opening goal, stayed down for a couple minutes and eventually had his arm wrapped.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders at Sporting KC, recap: First point earned in 2018

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Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan score in 2-2 draw.

Seattle Sounders waited until matchday four to score and to earn a point. They did it on the road against the best team in the Western Conference while a DP and two TAM players were unavailable. Brian Schmetzer had to count on youngsters Alex Roldan and Handwalla Bwana for vital minutes, but it was the core of the remaining team that earned the two goals and held on for the 2-2 lead.

Seattle Sounders vs. California United FC, preseason: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Whenever you score goals, no matter who you're playing or what the circumstances are, it gives you some confidence." —Jordan Morris

With two goals each from Chad Marshall and Jordan Morris, and one apiece from Nicolas Lodeiro and Cristian Roldan, the Seattle Sounders defeated California United FC with a lopsided scoreline in the first of a pair of matches against the UPSL side.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #2

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Cristian Roldan is consistent, tireless and versatile, and he's still getting better.

#2 Cristian Roldan – 6.87 | Community – 6.94

This grade is likely a surprise to those of you still following these, but Roldan will have to wait another year to be No.

Portland Timbers Fall 2-1 to Seattle Sounders in Preseason

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The Portland Timbers lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night in their second match of the 2018 preseason. A goal from Diego Valeri kept the first teams of the two sides even, but a moment of sloppy play in the second half opened the door for a Seattle winner.

With the presumed first teams on the pitch, the Sounders opened the scoring in just the 9th minute when Cristian Roldan knocked home a close range rebound.

Major Links Soccer: Tyler Miller needs your help

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Also: broken bones, holdout hard-feelings, and criminal clouds.


Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan to take lessons learned from U.S. camp to Seattle Sounders preseason - Seattle Sounders FC
Fresh from USMNT camp and their first international friendly of 2018, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan are eager to jump into the Sounders' preseason.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap


Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear


TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'


TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes


It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

Fully appreciate buildup to Clint Dempsey’s goal in slow-motion

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LevyFilms, as usual, does a great job capturing more than just the final moment.

SEATTLE -- With the match lurching forward in frustrating fashion, the Seattle Sounders needed a breakthrough. Clint Dempsey will get the credit for the goal. Harry Shipp and Will Bruin at least got assists. But the hardest, and probably the most important, work was supplied by Cristian Roldan.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Big-time players make big-time plays, right? Tonight, you saw [Clint] Dempsey making some big plays." -Brian Schmetzer

Patience and relentlessness were the key for the Seattle Sounders as they worked to break down the Vancouver Whitecaps' defensive posture in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Clint Dempsey’s game-winner should be heard in Spanish

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Such a good goal.

SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey continued to show why he's one of the best big-game players in American soccer history, grabbing the game-winner and then adding an insurance goal in the Seattle Sounders' 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday.

The first goal was especially impressive, featuring some quality buildup and a classy finish.

Despite road shutout, Brian Schmetzer wishes Sounders earned more in Vancouver

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In several ways, the Seattle Sounders got the job done on Sunday night. In Brian Schmetzer's mind, though, Sunday was a bit of a missed opportunity.

On the road and without several key players, the Sounders grinded out a 0-0 draw against the Whitecaps on Sunday in Vancouver. That result leaves it all to play for when the MLS Cup champions return to Seattle for the second leg, which is as much as many could ask for given the task at hand.

There is no Ideal XI

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Trying to figure out the perfect starting lineup for the rest of the season ignores that it will change every game.

The concept of the Ideal XI is platonic. It's like a perfect triangle. It only exists in our thoughts, our minds. As we so carefully craft strawmen as simulacrums of real conversation, we continue to ignore that the Seattle Sounders have more playoff-quality starters than they do positions on the field.

Cristian Roldan’s goal needs to be seen in slow-motion to be fully appreciated

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There were at least 15 touches on Sounders' goal.

SEATTLE — Soccer is a game where randomness can sometimes decide the outcome. Rarely was that more on display than on Cristian Roldan's opening goal in the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

The extent of that randomness was captured perfectly by LevyFilms (video above).

Timbers earn draw with Sounders through Diego Valeri equalizer

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Photo by Jennifer Buchanan/USA Today Sports

SEATTLE In the 99th all-time meeting in a rivalry that has spanned myriad leagues and parts of five decades, the Portland Timbers escaped the Emerald City with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in front of 51,797 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.

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.

Roman Torres

Four Sounders called up for international friendlies

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No surprises as we learn who will go globetrotting to play for their countries while Seattle has a bye week.

After the FC Dallas match, most of the Seattle Sounders have a week off to rest and recuperate, but Cristian Roldan, Roman Torres, Gustav Svensson and Jordy Delem will be heading off to join their respective national teams during the FIFA international break.

Rave Green Olympics, what sport would each Sounder compete in

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Roman Torres and Osvaldo Alonso could probably do every event.

In honor the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea what sport would each Sounder participate in if the they were at the Winter Games? Some players are good fits for multiple events but they could only compete in one (except Cristian Roldan).

Toronto FC

Major Link Soccer: MLS shows up in the CCL again

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Both Toronto FC and the Red Bulls advanced over their Liga MX counterparts


Beer tips for the second leg against Chivas. Drink on! Major Drink Soccer - March 14th - Sounders at Chivas - Sounder At Heart

It's easy to forget with CCL going on but Tacoma S2 starts Friday and some academy kids plan to get plenty of minutes with the USL side.

Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

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Degree to which Sounders were outplayed needs to be a warning sign.

TORONTO, Ontario — To say the Sounders were overwhelmed in Saturday's MLS Cup final rematch may not quite do the situation justice.

From almost the opening whistle until the bitter end, Toronto FC dominated. The 2-0 scoreline understated the degree to which they were the better team, as only several world-class stops by Stefan Frei kept it from getting completely out of hand.

Jordan Morris

Here’s Kelyn Rowe in a boat with Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan

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More please.

The U.S. Men's National Team is hard at work prepping for Sunday's game against Bosnia and Herzegovina but that doesn't mean the players can't have a bit of fun. Kelyn Rowe showed this by introducing the world to #TheRoweBoat.

Serving as host, Rowe welcomes Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan, lovingly referred to as the "Bromance of Seattle," onto a boat to answer a series of questions.

Two Sounders called into USMNT’s January camp

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Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris could be with USMNT from Jan. 10-28.

As expected, Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris have been called into the United States men's national team January camp, which will start on Wednesday and conclude with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28.

Vote for the 2017 Sounder at Heart Young Player of the Year

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Who will follow in the footsteps of Morris, Roldan, Zakuani and Montero?

This award is given by the readers of Sounder at Heart to the player under the age of 23 who had the best year in 2017. Members of the Seattle Sounders First Team, S2, the Academy, and Academy alums still within the organization (potential HGPs and/or Sounders U23 players) are eligible.

Roman Torres says he’s fine after injury scare

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International break didn't turn out to be quite as busy for the Sounders as expected.

This international break was shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Sounders, with a record nine players called up to their respective national teams. In the end, though, it wasn't all that.

Only Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) started in two games, while Oniel Fisher (Jamaica), Roman Torres (Panama) Clint Dempsey (United States) and Jordan Morris (USA) were the only others to even start one.

Three Sounders called in to USMNT

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Dempsey, Roldan and Morris all called in along with six other Sounders for international duty.

It is a good thing Seattle Sounders FC aren't playing during the upcoming International Break. An MLS high nine players have been tapped by their national teams to take part in the upcoming set of World Cup Qualifiers.

Three Sounders called in to USMNT

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Dempsey, Roldan and Morris all called in along with six other Sounders for international duty.

It is a good thing Seattle Sounders FC aren't playing during the upcoming International Break. An MLS high nine players have been tapped by their national teams to take part in the upcoming set of World Cup Qualifiers.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: Caleb Porter out in Portland

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The departure takes everyone by surprise. Also, CONCACAF announces new Nation's League, and Messi wishes Nelson Valdez's son a happy birthday.


Many of you know Atlantic Crossing as a bar that's been at the center of the soccer renaissance in Seattle over the last 10 years. It's also at the center of a changing neighborhood, as rampant construction and different demographics present serious challenges for many small businesses in that section of Roosevelt.

MLS 24 under 24: Cristian Roldan got snubbed

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Sounder at Heart has some thoughts on's annual rankings.

MLS came out with their 24 under 24 rankings and while it saw Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris make the list, Sounder at Heart has some corrections to make. The league and its voters listed Morris at 7 and Roldan at 13.

Major Link Soccer: Should Arsene Wenger be fired?

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The answer is yes, but there are some links from people with a more in-depth explanation.


LEVYFilms picked up some great footage of Cristian Roldan's goal on Sunday. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth checking out.


On the list of things that, in context, don't matter, no soccer matches have been moved (yet) out of the Houston area, though one was delayed.

The Rest

USMNT v Paraguay: International Friendly Gamethread

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DeAndre Yedlin will get his 50th USMNT cap while Cristian Roldan is on the bench.

Three Big Storylines
  1. It seems like just yesterday that the fast kid (okay, like REALLY FAST!!!) from O'Dea High School by way of the Akron Zips was first called into the United States Men's National Team (USMNT) pre-World Cup camp.

YachtCon Prime: 100 percent pure insufferable

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It's back and better than ever.

Back in 2013 we had an idea: Why not invite a bunch of people to watch us record a podcast? A couple years later, we did it again, only this time we gave it a name: YachtCon. Then we did it again last year, with a bit more structure.

Now, we kinda hope to make this an annual event.

Around The Forest: Crew demolish NYCFC in first leg

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Kenny Cooper on trial at Orlando City, Bobby Wood in a negative spiral, Cristian Roldan loses bet and more!


Timbers rely on depth in draw, confident in heading home to Providence Park: "I just can't wait until Sunday" | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers held strong to get a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals Monday night.

Unrelenting offensive push creates Victor Rodriguez’s first Sounders goal

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LevyFilms captures the frenetic nature of the full buildup.

SEATTLE — The degree to which the Seattle Sounders had been struggling over the past month had probably been a bit overstated. There had been games where they'd played well and simply failed to find the back of the net. The last time the Sounders faced the Vancouver Whitecaps, for instance, looked a lot like this one, aside from the scoreline.

Cristian Roldan pleased with USA call-up even if he didn’t play

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Sounders midfielder was the least-capped player to be brought up during World Cup qualifiers.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Don't tell Cristian Roldan that his recent call-up to the United States men's national team for a pair of World Cup qualifiers was a waste of time.

Like a runner-up for an Oscar, Roldan said was simply an honor to be called in, even if he didn't so much as make the bench in either game.

Rose City Forecast 29: NYCFC vs PTFC

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Almost two weeks ago, you may remember that the Timbers traveled north to Seattle and came away with a 1-1 draw. The Sounders got the first goal when Cristian Roldan finished up a sequence of pinball in the Timbers box. PTFC would respond just before half time when Valeri launched a perfect through-ball to Darren Mattocks who was fouled in the box.

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).