Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan back from national team, but looking forward to eventual return

Cristian Roldan rejoined the Sounders on Monday after making his international debut last week with the United States Men’s National Team in a win over Martinique

Cristian Roldan returned to the Sounders from the U.S. men’s national team Monday, saying he appreciated the experience and hopes for more.

Roldan played 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over Martinique on Wednesday in his first international appearance during Group Stage play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Once considered a long shot to play for the U.S. — given he’d bypassed the youth academy system in favor of playing high-school soccer — Roldan said he felt largely at home and not in awe of anything amid the younger collection of players assembled by coach Bruce Arena for the tournament’s opening round.

“It was a young group, and this group was very welcoming,” Roldan said Monday after working out with the Sounders in Tukwila. “They all had the same goal, and that was to make a good impression on  Bruce (Arena) and the national-team staff. So just like them, I felt like I was in the same shoes as them. We were able to become good friends and all do the same things that we were supposed to do.”

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As expected, Arena returned many of those younger players to their teams after the initial stage and imported a flock of veterans for the team’s quarterfinal against El Salvador on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Among the imports are Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, whose 56 international goals are one shy of Landon Donovan’s U.S. record.

Sounders forward Jordan Morris played in all three USMNT games — scoring twice — and has been kept for the knockout round.

Roldan admitted to some initial disappointment at not sticking around with good pal Morris. But he understands he was just being given an initial taste of things and hopes it won’t be the last time.

“Obviously, you want more,” he…

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