Seattle Sounders have recruited first-round 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick Alex Roldan alongside Jordan McCrary to the first-team squad, general manager Garth Lagerwey has confirmed. In a statement released on the club’s official website, he said: “We were excited to draft Alex last month and, like his brother, we anticipate him being a positive addition to our club.”
Alex Roldan, who happens to be the younger sibling of fourth-year Sounders midfielder Cristian played for the Seattle University football team for four years, where he scored 18 goals and contributed a further 17 assists in 82 outings. The 21-year-old midfielder was selected by the Sounders with the 22nd overall pick in the draft.
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Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer has praised the team effort after his team were unable to retain the MLS cup title. The club suffered a 2-0 defeat against Toronto, who have been one of the best teams in the division, to end up losing the title in the final. After the game, Schmetzer claimed that the Seattle Sounders outfit lost because of the duels that went in way of Toronto. Still, the club can be extremely happy with the outcome of the 2017 campaign, as Seattle were able to make up a lot of ground after an indifferent start to the season.
Seattle were extremely poor in the first few weeks of the season, but they were able to come in with a strong defence that barely allowed any goals to go in in the second half of the season. Some of the key players over the course of the campaign have been Clint Dempsey, Will Bruin, and Nicolas Lodeiro. However, one of the defining characters of Seattle Sounders the season has been the lack of goals. Manager Brian Schmetzer will have fewer reasons to complain about Toronto success, as they have been quite brilliant over the course of the entire campaign. The likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have helped Toronto to become one of the most potent attacking outfits in the division.
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Victor Rodriguez is excited to have made his comeback for Seattle Sounders during the MLS playoffs. The 28-year-old attacker missed the final match of the regular season as well as the semi-final in Vancouver last weekend with a right lateral quad strain.
The Barcelona-based forward netted two goals in his previous two matches prior to his injury, and he made his return as a second-half substitute against Vancouver on Thursday. The crowd at the CenturyLink Field were undoubtedly pleased with his arrival onto the field, and Rodriguez was delighted with the same. He said, “I would like to remember the feeling I had when I went onto the field and the ovation that the fans gave me,” Rodríguez said. “I still have goosebumps.”
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