Like seemingly the whole world, 2020 has been a bit of a roller-coaster for Cristian Roldan. It started with a call to the United States men’s national team camp — where he was the fourth most-capped player. He opened the club season strong too, scoring in Concacaf Champions League and picking up two assists in the regular-season opener. That was followed by an 11-game stretch where he had neither a goal nor an assist before closing out with two goals and three assists over his final 10 games.
While his numbers of ebbed and flowed, Roldan has continued to put in a consistent effort and finds himself entrenched as a starter — at one position or another — for a team again expected to compete for MLS Cup.
I had a chance to catch up with Roldan this week. We talked about his improving on-field partnership with good friend Jordan Morris (and the role coffee has played in it); what he’s learned from Gregg Berhalter; his thoughts on Gonzalo Pineda’s potential head coaching potential; what makes Brian Schmetzer such an effective coach; and how lucky he feels to have his brother around during the pandemic.