Somewhat surprisingly, Cristian Roldan has been left off the United States’ roster for the upcoming Nations League finals. Although Roldan was not invited to the European camp beforehand, it still seemed like a reasonable conclusion that he was simply left off due to the Seattle Sounders having a match on the same day as the Switzerland friendly.
Turns out, USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter just doesn’t see him as part of what appears to be his A-team that apparently includes other MLS midfielders like Sebastian Lletget, Kelyn Acosta and Jackson Yuiell. Roldan has arguably been the MLS MVP through the first six weeks of the season, but has not had a breakout performance in his 20 previous USMNT caps.
The USMNT plays Honduras on June 3 and then would play in either the Nations League championship or the third-place match on June 6.
There’s still a decent chance that Roldan will get called up this summer, though, as the USMNT still has the Gold Cup and then World Cup qualifiers starting in September.
Unlike these upcoming Nations League games, however, Roldan would likely have to miss some Sounders games if he’s named to the Gold Cup roster. That tournament will take place from July 10-Aug. 1, which could cause Roldan to miss as many as six Sounders matches. In addition to four matches played during that exact window, the Sounders also have a match against the Houston Dynamo (July 7) and FC Dallas (Aug. 4) that would also likely be impacted.
DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; CAPS/GOALS):
DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 40/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 14/0), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 7/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 21/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 42/1), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 10/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 62/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 27/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 12/1), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 20/6), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 21/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 4/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0)
FORWARDS: (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 4/2), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 15/9), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 4/2), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 13/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 2/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 10/1)