Alex Roldan: Writing my own story and the choice between three countries
My brothers and I, we like to tease our parents about how lucky they are to have three boys who made it to MLS.
2018 (Seattle): After a sterling college career at Seattle University, where he was coached by Sounders FC Broadcaster Pete Fewing, Roldan was selected by Seattle in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. An important player for both the First Team and the club’s USL outfit, Sounders FC 2, Roldan amassed 19 MLS appearances in his first professional season. The former SU standout made his professional debut as a substitute in a 3-0 road loss to FC Dallas (March 18). Shortly thereafter, he earned his first start in Seattle’s 2-2 draw away to Sporting KC (April 15), where he tallied his first MLS assist. For Sounders FC 2, Roldan made eight USL appearances – six of them starts – as he pitched in one goal and one assist.
A four-year starter at Seattle University, Roldan finished his collegiate career recording 82 appearances – starting every game from 2014-2017 – with 18 goals and 17 assists. In 2017, he scored six goals and led the team with eight assists, while attempting 101 shots and putting 49 shots on goal, both good for second-most in the nation in those categories, in addition to assisting on the game-winning overtime goal at the University of Washington in the NCAA Tournament on November 16, 2017. His season earned him All-WAC First Team honors and selection to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team. In 2016, Roldan was named All-WAC First Team following a year in which he led his team with eight goals – six as match-winners – and three assists, helping the Redhawks to a second-place finish in the WAC in goals per game. As a freshman and sophomore, Roldan started every game and recorded four goals and six assists.
Roldan played with CZ Elite for one season, serving as team captain and winning the Surf Cup and league title.
Roldan majored in business management at Seattle University. His two older brothers, Cesar and Cristian, are both involved in Major League Soccer, as Cesar works as an athletic trainer with the LA Galaxy and Cristian plays for Sounders FC after having been drafted by the club in first round (16th overall) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Roldan attended El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California, where he was a three-year letterwinner and helped lead the school to four league championships and four-consecutive playoff appearances, in addition to one California Interscholastic Federation championship and one state championship.
Selected with the 22nd pick of the first round (22nd overall) in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Signed to contract with Seattle Sounders FC on February 13, 2018.
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