Summer just got a little easier as Cristian Roldan was not selected to be part of Tab Ramos' U-20 World Cup squad. Roldan was one of many considered for spot but ultimately did not make the group of 20 announced this morning. While there is one more spot open on the roster that will be named next week, it appears Roldan will be here for all of June with many expecting Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem to get it as long as he's eligible.
Roldan would have missed a minimum of four MLS matches and upwards of six between May 27th and June 24th while in New Zealand, as well as a US Open Cup match. While being named to the national team, at any level, is an honor, it will be for the best for the Sounders to have Roldan around.
But Roldan had only recently made his U20 debut and had not been a part of Ramos' setup prior to his being drafted by the Sounders. That may have turned out to be too high of a hill to climb. Here's how American Soccer Now explained Roldan's exclusion:
Cristian Roldan: In my opinion, the most difficult cut of the entire team. Ramos stressed versatility and the Seattle Sounders midfielder has the ability to play all across the midfield-including the No. 10 role. His spot was likely taken by Boca Junior's Joel Sonora who had a strong camp in London. Roldan has impressed early in the season with Seattle but his emergence probably came a little late. He still has a very bright future within U.S. Soccer.
More good news for the Sounders is that opponents will be without key players during this stretch. New York Red Bulls will be without CB Matt Miazga.; Sporting Kansas City will be without CB Erik Palmer-Brown, hurting their already depleted backline stash and means we may see former Sounder Jalil Anibaba starting at CB again; FC Dallas will be without Kellyn Acosta; and San Jose will be without midfielder Tommy Thompson.
Also of note, 2014 Sounders FC U-23s GK, Jefferson Caldwell from the University of Virginia made the roster.