Cristian Roldan uses experience to help bring change to the USMNT

first_img Tim Howard says he will retire following 2019 MLS season “A new coaching change brings that energy and spark and similarly it does that here with the national team,” Roldan said. “But people have a whole new aspect to the national team, people look at it differently.”The scale of the Sounders’ comeback reached a large audience. However, now the world is watching what Berhalter and company will do over the next two weeks – first Sunday in Arizona against Panama and then next week in California vs. Costa Rica.“In a way it’s very similar but also drastically different,” Roldan said.During the 2016 season, the Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid parted ways. Brian Schmetzer, who served as Schmid’s assistant, took over and revived the team, leading it all the way to its first MLS Cup championship. The team and Schmetzer returned to the final in 2017 but lost.The Sounders bought in and found success. Now, the USMNT is working on doing the same thing.“It’s a brand new team, brand new team,” Roldan emphasized, “and obviously with a new set of guys comes change. With the coaching change as well, it brings a whole different aspect and a whole different mindset to the players coming in.”Everybody’s bought it and that’s really important because if one or two players on the field aren’t bought in, it doesn’t help the team. So in that way, the system I think suits me because I’m able to – I’m not the fastest or the strongest guy – but if I can play my part and be a smart player on the field, then I’ll help the guys next to me.”Roldan, 23, is one of only a handful of players with more than five caps and has become a leader on a very young roster working to make an impact while learning a new system. PHOENIX — Cristian Roldan has been through this before.In 2015 – his first season with the Sounders, who were fresh off a U.S. Open Cup victory and winning the Supporters’ Shield – Seattle finished fourth in its conference and sixth overall. It was some of the Sounders’ lowest finishes since they began play in 2009. A season later they won MLS Cup 2016 after a coaching change midseason.But, this isn’t a comeback story. Well, in a sense it is, but this is more about maneuvering change and how Roldan and the rest of the U.S. Men’s National Team are adapting to it as they gear up for the first match under new manager Gregg Berhalter and a new system. Related News The way Roldan sees it, he’s just here to do his part.“This system will help us long term,” Roldan said. “It’s a style of play that will bring the team together, and it’ll help us succeed with the 11 players on the field. It just simplifies the game, so if I can play the system and play it well and do my part, it’s going to help the team going forward.”Kickoff between the U.S. and Panama is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The match will be televised by ESPN2.last_img read more

Westport Winery Cider Garners Best of Class At Riverside International Wine…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s hard apple cider, Mercy, earned Best of Class and a gold medal at the 34th Annual Riverside International Wine Competition in Temecula, California on May 7. The tasting notes escribe the wine as “a fall orchard, ripe with fruit, falling leaves and fresh air.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits Mercy Ships a medical/surgical organization in based in Houston, Texas, that provides care to those in some of the poorest and most remote countries in the world. The art for this wine’s label was drawn by winery co-owner, Kim Roberts. The winery suggests you pair Mercy with their Northwest Nachos while listening to Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye.The winery’s 2012 Sangiovese named Smoky Nor’wester also earned a gold medal. The grapes for this wine were harvested at the renowned Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips, Washington. The winery’s tasting notes suggest this wine exhibits “Maserati intensity, like a good spanking.” They encourage guests to enjoy the wine with their restaurant’s Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup while listening to Life’s Been Good To Me by Joe Walsh.last_img read more