For all his achievements, Cristian Roldan has yet to make an appearance for the United States at any level. That may soon change.
The Seattle Sounders rookie has been called into the upcoming U.S. U20 training camp in Austria (April 18-26) that will feature matches against Qatar and Croatia. Roldan will leave the Sounders after their match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. If Roldan does well, he could earn a spot on Tab Ramos' 21-man roster that will go to New Zealand for this summer's U20 World Cup. The United States is in a group with New Zealand, Myanmar and Ukraine. The Tournament runs from May 30-June 20.
Roldan had only been even called into a youth national team camp once before, but apparently did not impress and never made an appearance in a match. Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid suggested that's a common fate, especially among youth players based in the Pacific Northwest, which does receive as much attention as other parts of the country.
"Even if he's not a Seattle kid, we sort of think of him as a Seattle kid because of his time at UW," Schmid told reporters on Thursday. "But he's playing well for us [two starts in the last three games], we made a call and he's getting invited again for another look with the U20s."
Roldan's Sounders teammate Victor Mansaray has previously been called into U18 camps, but there's no word if he's being considered for the U20 team.