PHILADELPHIA – (Jan. 19) Alex Roldan of Seattle University men’s soccer was taken by Seattle Sounders FC with the 22nd pick in the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft Friday. Roldan is the first Redhawk to be selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.
“I’m blessed that I have the opportunity to play for the Sounders,” said Roldan. “I’m thankful to all the people who played a part in shaping me into the person and player I am today. I have the luxury to play alongside my brother and learn from him as much as I can, which is something not many people can say.”
A native of Pico Rivera, California, Roldan was a star in SU’s run to its third WAC Championship since 2013 and its third NCAA Tournament win in the last five years. He followed that with a stellar showing at this week’s draft combine, establishing himself as a potential first-round pick.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for Alex and his family,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “He’ll compete for a spot and I think he has a high upside. His skill set suits MLS and he has a great opportunity with his brother already there.”
Roldan’s brother, Cristian, was named Sounders team MVP in 2017. The Sounders won the MLS Cup in 2016 and advanced to the title match this past season. Training camp begins on Monday, Jan. 22, in Seattle.
Roldan is the fourth SU product to be drafted by the MLS. He joins Kyle Bjornethun (2017), Sean Morris (2011), and Tom Hardy (1998). Bjornethun and Morris were also Sounders’ selections, while Hardy was picked by Kansas City.
The 5-10 midfielder started all 78 matches in his collegiate career. He was All-WAC First Team twice, including his senior season. He put up 18 goals and 17 assists in his Redhawk career. In 2017, Roldan earned United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team honors.