Cristian Roldan

Seattle Sounders

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.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Lineup includes Clint Dempsey

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Nine starters from the MLS Cup win, plus Clint Dempsey

In their first competitive match since winning the MLS Cup the Seattle Sounders have changes at right back and in the attacking band. Clint Dempsey is returning to the field. Gustav Svensson, as the third right back option, replaces now-Atlanta-United defender Tyrone Mears.

Let's count the sweet moves in the buildup to Flaco's goal

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NBD, just your average backheel-to-cross-to-backheel tap-in

It's now almost 48 hours since Alvaro Fernandez scored his first goal since rejoining the Seattle Sounders, and I can't stop thinking about that gorgeous buildup. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer called it "probably the best team goal we scored this year", and that still feels like an understatement.

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Community player ratings form

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A little banged up, missing a DP, against some pretty long odds, the Sounders have made their way to the playoffs, and even earned a home knockout match. But this last match made things a little more nervy than they needed to be, thanks to an immediate tying goal early on gave RSL hope.

So how did the individual players fare in this one?

Jordan Morris

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.

Nos Audietis, Episode 242: Cristian Roldan interview

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This is the full version of the interview we first aired at YachtCon.

Let it be said that Cristian Roldan is a very good sport. The Seattle Sounders midfielder certainly did not have to agree to an interview that took close to an hour. He sure as heck didn't have to then follow that up by going to YachtCon and participating in a panel.

First Annual Jordan Morris Awards

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How many more awards should Jordan Morris win in 2016?

As the season came to a close, I took the time to thoroughly ponder my end of year awards. It's a complex process not to be passed off as a trivial manner. As a result of all of that thinking, the First Annual Jordan Morris Awards were born.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes: Roman Torres starts while Cristian Roldan enters the attack

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Tyrone Mears gets the nod at right back as Brad Evans is out injured.

The good news is that Roman Torres is getting his first Sounders start since his injury, against the San Jose Earthquakes. As Brad Evans is out injured Osvaldo Alonso takes the captain's armband and Tyrone Mears remains the starting right back.

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.

Stefan Frei

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.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.

There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.

Yachtcon II: Photo Gallery

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Panelists and ascots, but no butt tattoo photos. Probably a good thing.

Yachtcon II is in the books. Together, the community of Nos Audietis listeners and Sounder at Heart readers raised about five grand for the Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center.

Haven't finalized everything but it looks like we'll hit our $5,000 goal for @seattlechildren autism center from #yachtcon.

Yachtcon II: Everything you need to know

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The premier yacht-themed event in the Pacific Northwest returns for a sequel on Sunday.

The YachtCon II is just a couple days away and we've pretty much finalized the details. In case you were waiting until you knew more, you no longer have to.

The Basics

Who: There will be two main panels, one featuring the Seattle Reign and the other featuring the Seattle Sounders.

Getting the most from the current roster

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This Ideal XI strengthens the squad without adding another player.

Hey guys, I know we are right in the middle of Copa/OpenCup excitement, but I have taken a look at how ratings compare to expectations over the first two-fifths of the season.

The Team:

As a team, Sounders' average overall score is 5.

Clint Dempsey

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.

Clint Dempsey passes fitness test with flying colors

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Sounders performance analyst happy with Dempsey's progress.

Seattle Sounders FC's annual beep test establishes baseline fitness. Getting a baseline maximum aerobic heart rate is more important than winning it. Since professional soccer players are involved, though, it becomes a competition.

Mock Draft

Sounders 2017 Draft: News, trades and updates

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Here's everything the Sounders did during the MLS SuperDraft

While the excitement behind the MLS SuperDraft as a method of club-building is waning, for some players it is their biggest shot to catch on with a club and prove they can make it in professional soccer. Most make or break it at the combine; Tesho Akindele went from relative unknown to a high pick based on his performance, landing at the sixth spot in 2014.

Whose MLS Draft stock is up and whose is down

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Daniel Johnson may be out of the Sounders reach now, but a few others have emerged as first rounders

While the excitement behind the MLS SuperDraft as a method of club-building is waning, for some players it is their biggest shot to catch on with a club and prove they can make it in professional soccer.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: NASL close to collapse

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A former Sounders Academy product found his way back to MLS and it wouldn't be TFC without a ticketing snafu.

Seattle

NYCFC has added another young attacker to their squad for next season in signing USL MVP Sean Okoli, and Sounders fans everywhere gulped.

FourFourTwo breaks down the talking points for MLS Cup, highlighting the surely entertaining battle of difference-makers of Giovinco vs.

Major Link Soccer: Alan Kelly wins Ref of the Year

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Russell Wilson joins the Sonics Arena group and Frank Lampard is done in MLS.

Seattle

The Sounders won't have to face Tim Howard when their Western Conference semifinal begins next week after he injured his groin against Mexico on Friday, but the Rapids have a lot of confidence in their backup plan, Zach MacMath.

The Best of MLS Week 24: Roldan, Fire, Altidore and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team forward stormed through to claim SBI MLS Goal of the week honors, while a young midfielder did more than enough to earn recognition as the week's best player.

Here's a look at the best from MLS Week 24:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cristian Roldan has emerged throughout the 2016 season, but Sunday's performance was the Seattle Sounders midfielder's most impressive to date.

The Rest

Rose City Forecast 14: PTFC vs San Jose

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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.

Barnes, Delem main surprises in Sounders starting XI against Charleston

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Chad Marshall and Jordan Morris make first starts since returning from USMNT camp

The Seattle Sounders play their first Charleston Challenge Cup match today against hosts Charleston Battery, and the visitors' starting XI has just a handful of surprises. Former New England defender Darrius Barnes, on trial with the Sounders, gets the start at right-back, and youngster Jordy Delem starts alongside Cristian Roldan in central midfield.

Bruce Arena hints that Cristian Roldan could get USMNT call-up

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New USA head coach name-checks two Sounders during FS1 interview.

By now, Seattle Sounders fans are well aware of the breakout season Cristian Roldan has enjoyed. The 21-year-old product of the University of Washington scored four goals and added three assists in his second season, but those stats only scratch the surface of how well he has done.

Cristian Roldan talks about his yellow card and the officiating against FC Dallas

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The Sounders midfielder said that he was "testing" the referee, hoping to encourage consistent calls.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan isn't particularly known to be a poor tackler, but one of his tackles against FC Dallas on Sunday raised a few eyebrows. Roldan's 26th minute challenge on Kellyn Acosta earned him a yellow card, but MLSSoccer.

Cristian Roldan, Damion Lowe graduate from Generation adidas Program

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The Sounders will need to decide if they want to protect either of these players before the 2016 Expansion Draft.

Cristian Roldan and Damion Lowe of your Seattle Sounders have both graduated from the Generation adidas Program at the end of the 2016 MLS regular season. This means that they are will no longer be classified as Generation adidas on the roster and will not be automatically protected in the 2016 Expansion Draft that will be held three days after MLS Cup on December 13, 2016.

Cristian Roldan scores to make it 2-1 Sounders

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Decision Day is already living up to the hype in Seattle, thanks to the third goal of the match courtesy of Cristian Roldan. After Roman Torres' powerful header was blocked at close range by Nick Rimando, Roldan pounced on the follow-up to tap it in for the Sounders' go-ahead goal.