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Documentary features rare footage of Cristian Roldan schooling fellow kids

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Kick does a great job with this.

By now you’ve probably heard Cristian Roldan’s rather impressive personal story. The son of immigrants, he was a bit of soccer prodigy as a child, even appearing in an adidas commercial. He went on to be one of the top high school players in California, but didn’t get any scholarship offers until the University of Washington came in late during his senior year. You probably know the rest.

Either way, it’s well documented in this Kick documentary, and there’s tons of footage of him from his youth playing days as well as an interview with his father, two things I’m not sure we’d seen before. There’s also an interview with local blogger Niko Moreno (better known as @elrolonw on Twitter), in which he calls Roldan an inspiration to young latino players.