When Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said yesterday that midfielder Cristian Roldan had an upcoming youth national team call-up coming soon, he didn’t specify that it would be this soon.
On Friday, Roldan was one of 20 players called into coach Tab Ramos’ U-20 USMNT camp in Austria from April 18-26 ahead of its friendlies against Qatar (April 21) and Croatia (April 25).
Roldan, 19, has appeared in four of Seattle’s five matches so far this season and made his first-ever MLS start last weekend in Los Angeles. The 2014 first-round SuperDraft pick out of UW has yet to make an appearance for the United States at any level.
“Even if he’s not a Seattle kid, we sort of think of him as a Seattle kid because of his time at UW,” Schmid said yesterday after Sounders practice. “But he was in an under-20 camp and didn’t get a call back. But he’s playing well for us, we made a call and he’s getting invited again for another look with the U-20s.”
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Below is the roster in full:
U-20 U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (Clifton, N.J.; New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew SC; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; Pico Rivera, Calif.), Ethan Sonis (SC Freiburg; Coral Springs, Fla.), Joel Sonora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)