Cristian Roldan strikes again in Seattle Sounders victory over Houston Dynamo

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PHOTO: Cristian Roldan celebrates after scoring his second-straight goal in two matches, and his fourth of the season, against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at CenturyLink Field. Photo courtesy of Jane Gershovich/Seattle Sounders FC.

Seattle, Washington (May 13, 2019) — This MLS season, the Houston Dynamo haven’t been on the road too much. Before Saturday’s tilt against the Seattle Sounders FC, Houston was only on the road twice.

In those two contests, Houston picked up a win against Colorado and fell to the LA Galaxy. However, Seattle was their bigger road test. Houston began the day in third place, right above the fourth-place Sounders. However, that third place slot didn’t last long.

Cristian Roldan strikes again in Seattle Sounders victory over Houston Dynamo

After falling 1-0 on the road, Houston swapped with Seattle, moving down to fourth place. Meanwhile, Seattle now sits in third with 22 points. Cristian Roldan was the architect behind earning three points, scoring another goal outside of the penalty area. Almost identical to what he did in Minnesota just a week ago, Roldan blasted his fourth goal of the season past Joe Willis.

After the match, Roldan said the first time he scored on a volley, in Minnesota, was tougher.

“Kicking the ball the first time on the volley is tough,” Roldan said. “The bounce was perfect. Taking the ball out of the air, for how it was with pressure on you, is pretty tough. first time volley in Minnesota, away from home, is always tough.”

Meanwhile, Roldan told reporters that guys like Jordan Morris and Chad Marshall have ragged on him for only scoring inside the box.

“It’s good banter within the locker room,” Roldan said. “Stefan was that one guy that believed in me and since my rookie year he was telling me to shoot more. He’s been rewarded, I think, for all that he’s been telling me. Credit to Stef for encouraging me and giving me confidence to shoot the ball.”

As for Frei, he had an easy day at the office. Frei was forced to make only one save against Alberth Elis throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Three Takeaways 

  1. Roldan is showing flashes of Ozzie: Last week, the student went against the mentor. Osvaldo “Ozzie” Alonso was Cristian Roldan’s mentor from the moment Roldan entered the league. Since Alonso left for Minnesota, Roldan has completely commanded the midfield. With the help of the others around him, Roldan has truly turned into a star for the Sounders.
  2. Jordy Delem makes third start: With Gustav Svensson out with injury, Jordy Delem has stepped up to the plate. Delem was praised by his head coach after Saturday’s match. It was for good reason, too, as Delem mixed defensive and attacking duties. Depending on how long Svensson is out, Delem has a chance to create a real opportunity for himself.
  3. Raúl Ruidíaz makes his XI return: It seemed like a long time — and it was. Raúl Ruidíaz was injured almost two months ago in Vancouver. Last weekend, he made his return to the pitch. This week, he made his return to the starting lineup. Ruidíaz had a few good chances, taking four shots with one registering on goal.

What’s Next? 

It’s another quick turnaround for the Seattle Sounders. On Wednesday, the Sounders will host Orlando City SC at CenturyLink Field. The match is slated to begin late, at 10:30 p.m. ET.

 

PHOTO: Cristian Roldan celebrates after scoring his second-straight goal in two matches, and his fourth of the season, against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at CenturyLink Field. Photo courtesy of Jane Gershovich/Seattle Sounders FC.

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