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.
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.
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.
On January 8, 2015, it was announced that Roldan had left college early to sign a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer. On January 15, he was selected 16th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Seattle Sounders FC. 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. Due to injuries and international call-ups, he made his first MLS start the following week in a goalless draw away to FC Dallas.
Roldan scored his first career MLS goal on July 13, 2016, during a 5–0 win over FC Dallas.
Roldan represented the United States at under-20 level. He was also eligible to represent either Guatemala or El Salvador through his parents, and mentioned in an interview that he had been offered senior callups from both nations. 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.