Alex Roldan earns first career international callup for El Salvador, while Cristian Roldan selected to the U.S. roster for this month’s Concacaf Gold Cup
SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC players Alex Roldan and Cristian Roldan have been called into international duty for El Salvador and the United States, respectively, for this month’s Concacaf Gold Cup. Cristian is set to join the United States Men’s National Team following this weekend’s match at Colorado, while his brother Alex is scheduled to join El Salvador following next Wednesday’s home match vs. Houston.
Alex Roldan, 24, earns his first career international callup, electing to join El Salvador, who he is eligible to play for via his parentage. El Salvador is in Group A of the Gold Cup alongside Curaçao, Mexico and a team to be determined through 2021 Gold Cup Prelims. Group Stage play begins on July 10 vs. Curaçao, followed by a matchup against the TBD opponent on July 14 before concluding the Group Stage action against Mexico on July 18. All Group A matches will be played in the Dallas area. Roldan has started all 11 games for the Rave Green so far this season at right wingback, recording two assists.
Cristian Roldan, 26, has 20 career caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team since making his debut during the 2017 Gold Cup. The USMNT is part of Group B of the Gold Cup along with Canada, Martinique and a TBD team from 2021 Gold Cup Prelims. Gregg Berhalter’s squad begins Group Stage action on July 11 (opponent TBD) before facing Martinique on July 15 and Canada on July 18. All of the USMNT’s matches will be played at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. The Sounders FC midfielder has played every minute of Seattle’s 2021 season so far, tallying two goals and one assist.
Sounders FC hits the road this weekend for a July 4 matchup against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (6:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). Brian Schmetzer’s side then returns home to face the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, July 7 at Lumen Field (6:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).