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Alex Roldán, Nouhou, Xavier Arreaga called up to national teams

Sounders’ depth will be tested in March 25 match against Sporting KC.

El Salvador v United States: 2022 World Cup Qualifying Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Xavier Arreaga, Alex Roldán and Nouhou have both been called up for upcoming national team matches, meaning the Seattle Sounders’ defensive fullback depth will be significantly tested in their March 25 match against Sporting KC. Obed Vargas and Reed Baker-Whiting were also called into youth national teams. With MLS taking a five-week break from regular season games this summer for Leagues Cup, significantly more games are being played during FIFA windows.

Roldán has been named to El Salvador’s roster for a pair of Nations League matches on March 22 and 27.

Nouhou was named to Cameroon’s roster for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on March 24 and 28.

Xavier Arreaga was called into Ecuador for two friendlies against Australia on March 24 and 28.

Among the notable Sounders who could have been called in but weren’t are Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan, who had been regulars with the United States national team for all of last year. Interim USMNT manager Anthony Hudson explained that his roster was short on MLS players mostly in an attempt to give them a “break” and likened it to 2021, when there were effectively two different squads that were called up at various times.

As it is, the Sounders will get tested at positions where they have some of their biggest question marks. Kelyn Rowe filled in at left back periodically last year and has gotten most of the time there with the second team this year, but that is not his natural position. At right back, Ethan Dobbelaere will likely get the start.

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