Cristian Roldan

Cristian Roldan (born June 3, 1995) is an American professional soccer player, who currently plays as a midfielder for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.[2]

Cristian Roldan
Roldan with the United States at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Personal information
Full name Cristian Roldan[1]
Date of birth (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995
Place of birth Artesia, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 7
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Washington Huskies 41 (10)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Washington Crossfire 13 (6)
2015– Seattle Sounders FC 151 (20)
2015Seattle Sounders FC 2 (loan) 1 (1)
National team
2015 United States U20 2 (0)
2017– United States 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 20, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 19, 2019


College and amateur

Roldan was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year in soccer while attending El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California.[3]

Roldan spent his college career at the University of Washington. In his two seasons with the Huskies, Roldan made a total of 41 appearances and tallied 10 goals and seven assists and helped lead the team to a Pac-12 title in 2013.

Roldan also played in the Premier Development League for the Washington Crossfire.[4][5]


On January 8, 2015, it was announced that Roldan had left college early to sign a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer.[6] On January 15, he was selected 16th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Seattle Sounders FC.[7] After making two substitute appearances the first two weeks of the season against the New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes, Roldan made a substitute appearance for USL affiliate club Seattle Sounders FC 2 on March 21 and scored an 89th-minute goal in a 4–2 victory over defending USL champion Sacramento Republic FC.[8] Due to injuries and international call-ups, he made his first MLS start the following week in a goalless draw away to FC Dallas.[9]

Roldan scored his first career MLS goal on July 13, 2016, during a 5–0 win over FC Dallas.[10]

On November 10, 2019, Roldan featured for Seattle in a 3–1 home win over Toronto FC in the 2019 MLS Cup Final; he was involved in the build-up to his team's opening goal, after colliding with Jonathan Osorio, who lost the ball, while Seattle went on to score with Kelvin Leerdam.[11]


Roldan represented the United States at under-20 level. He was also eligible to represent either Guatemala or El Salvador through his parents,[12] and mentioned in an interview that he had been offered senior callups from both nations.[13] On July 12, 2017, he was cap-tied to the United States national team by starting their 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match against Martinique.[14]

Career statistics

As of December 19, 2018
Club Season League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Champions League Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Seattle Sounders FC 2015 22013001004003001
2016 33436003102004453
2017 33623000000003662
2018 34461010004003947
Career total 1221412130141010001501514


As of November 19, 2019
National Team Year Apps Goals
United States 2017 1 0
2018 4 0
2019 14 0
Total 19 0

Source: US Soccer



Seattle Sounders FC

National team

United States

Personal life

Roldan was featured in an Adidas commercial as a nine-year-old, selected for his soccer ball juggling skills from 110 kids who tried out for the commercial.[15] Roldan is of Salvadorian and Guatemalan descent, and has an older brother named Cesar Jr., who works as a trainer for the LA Galaxy, and a younger brother Alex who also plays for the Seattle Sounders as of 2019.[16][17]


  1. "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: United States" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 16. Retrieved May 21, 2019 via Bernews.
  2. "Seattle Sounders enfrentará al Santa Tecla con dos salvadoreños en sus filas: los hermanos Roldán".
  3. "Cristian Roldan named Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year". Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  4. "2013 Washington Crossfire stats". Premier Development League. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  5. "2014 Washington Crossfire stats". Premier Development League. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  6. "Major League Soccer announces 2015 Generation adidas class". Major League Soccer. January 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  7. "Sounders FC Selects Cristian Roldan in First Round of 2015 MLS SuperDraft". Sounders FC Public Relations. January 15, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  8. "Match Recap: Sounders FC 2 earns 4–2 win over Sacramento in inaugural match". Sounders FC Public Relations. March 21, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  9. "Sounders FC and FC Dallas play to a scoreless stalemate". Sounders FC Public Relations. March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  10. Matt Pentz (July 13, 2016). "Sounders enjoy an easy 5-0 victory over Dallas, until losing Clint Dempsey to a red card". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  11. Armstrong, Laura (November 10, 2019). "Toronto FC cries foul after MLS Cup letdown". The Toronto Star. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  12. Alicia Rodriguez (March 30, 2016). "Could Seattle Sounders' Cristian Roldan play for Guatemala or El Salvador?". Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  13. Oficina de Comunicación MLS (July 14, 2016). "Cristian Roldán: "Quiero jugar para una selección; tengo tres opciones, Guatemala, El Salvador y EEUU"". Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  14. U.S. Soccer (July 12, 2017). "LINEUP NOTES: MNT VS. MARTINIQUE - 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP". Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  15. "Cristian Roldan: From commercial star to Sounders rookie". Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  16. Baker, Geoff (January 19, 2018). "Sounders select Alex Roldan, younger brother of Cristian Roldan, in first round of MLS SuperDraft". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  17. Baker, Geoff (August 1, 2017). "Sounders' Cristian Roldan remembers the sacrifices his parents made in Pico Rivera". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
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