Cristian Roldan on rare USMNT December camp: “It’s our duty to stay fit and be ready”

The California native, Pico Rivera, who submitted questions in both languages, admitted that he carried some concern about his place in the national team hierarchy in that camp. Roldan has been something of a utility man to the Yanks, often used as a stand-up and in both wide and center roles. Recent conversations with Berhalter have helped him come to terms with the pros and cons of this remarkable diversity.

“I talked to Greg about it, because the truth is I was a little frustrated because I don’t know what my position is when I’m with this team,” Roldan said in Spanish. “He said to me, ‘Hey, you can play two positions. “I’ve been in the middle a bit, sometimes in the back, supporting the attack, but in other matches, if we play against other teams with different systems and styles, sometimes he will play me as a winger.

“For now, I need to learn to play both positions very well, so he can count on me when he calls me.”

His friend and teammate Jordan Morris is also in camp, with the aim of showing he is back in full shape and capable of being an X Factor after recovering from the ACL rupture he suffered on loan to Swansea last winter. Roldan is impressed by what he saw from the local Sounders winger, who scored 104 minutes against RSL on his first MLS run since the 2020 MLS Cup Final.

“In terms of Jordan, he looks sharp. He might be the first to tell you that the speed of play was a little fast at first. But I think he slows down,” Roldan said. “And the amount of games he got which was kind of unexpected was really great. So coming back into the squad it’s really nice to see him doing really well and playing as if he never left.”

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