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Five Sounders called in for World Cup Qualifying

Xavier Arreaga, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan, Raúl Ruidíaz and Nouhou join respective national teams.


The Seattle Sounders will have some roster juggling to do next week for their rescheduled match with the Vancouver Whitecaps when World Cup Qualifying starts again.

Five Sounders will be away on international duty as Xavier Arreaga, Alex Roldand, Cristian Roldan, Raúl Ruidíaz and Nouhou are set to join their respective national teams, for upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches. All four will miss the Vancouver Whitecaps match on Oct. 9, and depending on playing time and travel plans could be unavailable for the Houston Dynamo match on Oct. 16.

Roldan has become a fixture with the USMNT with 28 career caps, including five during the squad’s Gold Cup-winning run this year, assisting on two goals. Roldan also played in each of the three matches with the USMNT during the September qualifying window. The USMNT host Jamaica on Oct. 7, visit Panama on Oct. 10 and play Costa Rica at home on Oct. 13. The United States has five points through the first three qualifying matches (1-0-2), level with Canada and Panama and two points behind Mexico.

Ruidíaz has 50 career caps for Peru, including seven so far in the country’s 2022 World Cup Qualifying campaign. While he was excluded from the summer Copa America, Ruidíaz made two appearances in Peru’s September World Cup Qualifying matches against Uruguay and Brazil. Peru sits in seventh place in the CONMEBOL standings (2-5-2, 8 points).

Nouhou has two career caps for Cameroon, both of which were starts. Nouhou has not played internationally since a June friendly against Nigeria that ended in a 0-0 draw, which was shortly followed by an injury. Cameroon plays Mozambique on both Oct. 8 and 11 and is currently in second place in the Group D table in the CAF World Cup Qualifying standings (1-1-0, 3 points).

Alex Roldan has become an established starter with El Salvador, playing both in the midfield and right back. El Salvador hosts Panama (Oct. 7), visits Costa Rica (Oct. 10) and hosts Mexico (Oct. 13).

Xavier Arreaga has seen his role with Ecuador slowly expand over the year. Ecuador hosts Bolivia (Oct. 7), visits Venezuela (Oct. 10) and visits Colombia (Oct. 14).

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