The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
SEATTLE, WA — Buzz about the Washington Huskies Men’s Soccer Program is growing after new recruit Cristian Roldan was recently awarded the Gatorade High School Player of the Year award. Soccer personality Lexi Lalas delivered the trophy to Roldan at El Rancho High School in California.
Not only that, but Roldan is proud to have declined academy soccer to play for his high school, and is embracing a chance to be the main man with the Huskies.
In an LA Times story (with video) Roldan says: “I chose the high school path, because I owe everything to my high school.” Later he says of going north to Seattle and UW, “They’re not known for soccer, and when I go, I can be the franchise player.”
“I couldn’t be happier for Cristian,” said UW head coach Jamie Clark. “He’s a special young man and an incredible young soccer player. Only one soccer player in the country get’s to finish their high school career as national player of the year. The combination of his team’s success and the staggering number he put up makes him a deserving winner. We couldn’t be happier that he is going to be a Husky this fall. He’s going to have a lot of special games wearing purple and gold, and just as importantly we know he’s going to represent our program with utmost class and pride.”
The 5-foot-7, 165-pound senior midfielder and forward had 54 goals and 31 assists to lead the Dons to a 29-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division III crown this past season.
Roldan, who was named the Southern Section Division III Most Valuable Player, concluded his prep career with 94 goals and 71 assists despite missing all but two games of his freshman year with an arm injury.
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