• Position Midfielder
  • Number 10
  • Date of Birth Jun 03 1995
  • Hometown Pico Rivera, CA
  • Height 5' 8"
  • Club Seattle Sounders FC


  • A member of the USA’s last three Concacaf Gold Cup sides, helping the team claim the confederation championship in 2017 and 2021.
  • Has registered two career assists, both coming in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, where he set up Daryl Dike’s 59th minute goal in the 6-1 win against Martinique on July 15, before providing the game-winning assist to Matthew Hoppe in the 83rd minute of the 1-0 quarterfinal win against Jamaica on July 25.
  • Made his USMNT debut on July 12, 2017 in a 3-2 win over Martinique at the Concacaf Gold Cup.
  • Called up to U20 team for a pair of friendlies played in Austria in April 2015, making his debut in a 2-2 draw with Qatar.



  • Appeared in five matches as a substitute, and was an unused sub for the other nine matches in the Octagonal.
  • Was one of 12 players to make their World Cup Qualifying debut on Sept. 2, 2021 in a 0-0 draw with El Salvador.



  • Has appeared in over 250 games since 2015 for the Seattle Sounders.
  • In May 2022, helped Seattle become the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League, defeating Pumas UNAM (Mexico) 5-2 on aggregate.
  • Named captain of the 2021 MLS All-Star Team.
  • Helped Seattle to four MLS Cup finals, winning the league title in 2016 and 2019, and runner-up in 2017 and 2020.
  • Was selected by the Seattle Sounders in the first round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
  • Played two seasons at the University of Washington (2013-14).



  • Grew up in Pico Rivera, California, where he attended El Rancho High School and played club soccer for Union Independiente.
  • He led the school to a state championship and was honored as the 2013 National High School Player of the Year after scoring 54 goals and adding 31 assists.
  • Older brother Cesar is the head athletic trainer for the LA Galaxy, and younger brother Alex is his teammate with the Seattle Sounders.
  • Their father, Cesar, is from Guatemala, and mother, Ana, is from El Salvador.
  • While Cristian chose to play for the USA, Alex plays internationally for El Salvador. They met across the field in the opening game of World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 2, 2021 in a 0-0 draw.
  • Fiancé Ciana Baron is a certified physicians assistant.
  • On April 5th, 2022, the Roldan family and the City of Pico Rivera partnered to open up a futsal mini-soccer field in his hometown.