SEATTLE — Cristian Roldan has never been a player to shy away from contact. Over the past two games, though, he’s been taking quite a beating. Against the Vancouver Whitecaps, he may have even suffered some genuine damage.
Roldan went down in a heap on the play Victor Rodriguez eventually scored the opening goal, stayed down for a couple minutes and eventually had his arm wrapped. Although he was able to remain in the match, he did return in the second half with a heavier wrap and appeared to have limited mobility in his arm.
After the match, Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer didn’t even mention Roldan when talking about injured players. Roldan said he wouldn’t know the extent of the injury until Thursday but also suggested he wasn’t about to let the injury force him off the field.
Thank you all for the concern. Might affect my video gaming and golf but never soccerball. Y’all were there for us just like @Stefan24Frei— Cristian Roldan⚽ (@CristianRoldan) September 28, 2017
Aside from the injury, this was another encouraging performance from Roldan, who was deployed as more of an attacking midfielder until Osvaldo Alonso went off with a quadricep strain late in the first half. Among the highlights were Roldan nearly scoring his seventh goal of the season only to be denied by the post.
This would have been an amazing goal by @CristianRoldan. Great back-heel from Dempsey too. pic.twitter.com/lq7nfzm7uL— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 28, 2017
Roldan also had eight recoveries, six tackles and an interception to go along with two key passes.
“Another stellar performance,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “He consistently puts in good performances, not just physically, but tactically and technically he puts in really solid performances.”