Cristian Roldan

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

Clint Dempsey

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.

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.

Jordan Morris

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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.

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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).

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.