When Alex Roldan showed up to Seattle Sounders training camp in January as a trialist after having his option declined in November, it seemed that he would be a longshot to make the team in a crowded midfield. As a right back however, there was a opening for the former Seattle University product to establish himself.
He apparently seized it.
Today the Sounders announced that they had re-signed former 2018 first round draft pick for the 2020 season, where he will likely back up incumbent right back Kelvin Leerdam. Roldan had spend the preseason training—and playing—right back, in hopes of signing on with the team.
Roldan spent the first two years of his MLS career with the Sounders in the midfield, appearing in 19 games with seven starts in 2018. However, with multiple players ahead of him in the depth chart, his appearances dwindled to nine games played and five starts in 2019. Roldan has also appeared in 14 games for the Tacoma Defiance, making 12 starts and recording 975 minutes and two goals scored.
Coach Brian Schmetzer seemed satisfied with Roldan’s progress adapting to a new position this preseason, which he capped with a goal in a closed-door scrimmage against the Sacramento Republic earlier this month.
“We’re excited to bring back Alex for another season in Seattle and see how he does at a new position,” said Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He has been a great pro these past two seasons, and his experience with our club will allow us to be flexible with him on the field.”