Sounders’ Cristian and Alex Roldan return to SoCal for MLS All-Star Game

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It was a Homecoming for Cristian and Alex Roldan successful Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game against the Liga MX All-Stars.

The lawsuit was particularly peculiar for Cristian Roldan, 26, who was the skipper for the MLS team.

“It was a immense honor,” the Seattle Sounders FC midfielder said of being the captain. “A large communicative for our family, being from L.A. and this being the archetypal All-Star Game (against Liga MX).

“Starting (in the game) with 5 different Sounders players is an wide large story.”

Roldan besides had his member Alex connected the field, conscionable arsenic the El Rancho High products person done with the Sounders.

Alex, 25, has had a beardown 2021 season, that has caught the attraction of the El Salvadoran nationalist team. Alex played with El Salvador astatine the CONCACAF Gold Cup earlier this summer.

“I’m conscionable happy, much truthful for Alex due to the fact that it’s been a pugnacious 3 years for him,” Cristian said. “The mode helium has risen and done pressure, helium has risen and has exceeded expectations.”

Both Roldan brothers played the archetypal half. With the World Cup qualifying starting adjacent week, they volition apt beryllium called into their respective teams, with a U.S.-El Salvador clash acceptable for Sept. 2.

It was besides the archetypal crippled backmost successful Banc of California Stadium for erstwhile LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman. Zimmerman joined LAFC successful 2018 and played 2 seasons earlier being traded to Nashville SC.

He talked earlier this week astir being gladsome to spot immoderate acquainted faces arsenic the MLS squad trained astatine LAFC’s signifier ground.

“This was a spot I called location for a fewer years,” helium said this week. “It was large seeing the guys and past you person the guys who aren’t involved, but were evidently teammates of excavation the past mates of years.”

Locally, the Galaxy duo of Sebastian Lletget and Julian Araujo played the 2nd half.

LAFC’s Diego Rossi was successful the starting XI and Eduard Atuesta and Jesus Murillo came connected arsenic substitutes. Murillo scored the equalizer for MLS successful the 53rd minute.


The crippled wasn’t each fun. In the 10th minute, referee Armando Villarreal stopped the crippled owed to immoderate fans’ usage of a homophobic chant aft a extremity kick.

Stopping the crippled is the archetypal measurement of CONCACAF’s three-step protocol successful which the referee stops the crippled and the nationalist code announcer reads a informing to the fans.

The 2nd stoppage would effect successful the lucifer being suspended and players being sent backmost to the locker rooms and a 3rd stoppage means the lucifer would beryllium abandoned.

In the archetypal infinitesimal of other time, it sounded arsenic if the fans did the chant again, but the referee didn’t halt the game.

Mexico has had its issues of precocious with anti-gay chants. Earlier Wednesday, FIFA reduced sanctions connected the Mexican nationalist team, forcing them to play conscionable 1 lucifer down closed doors during the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, alternatively of 2 arsenic was primitively imposed.

The prohibition volition beryllium applied Sept. 2, erstwhile Mexico hosts Jamaica astatine the Estadio Azteca successful Mexico City.

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