WCQ: Seattle's Alex Roldan saves El Salvador against Jamaica

In a season that's already seen Alex start the Major League Soccer All-Star Game and establish himself in the starting eleven for one of the Western Conference's top sides, the Seattle Sounders' full back now has a signature moment at the national team level for his country El Salvador.

With El Salvador losing by a lone goal in the waning period of Friday's important CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier versus Jamaica, Roldan, who play games on, offered a 90th-minute headed equalizing goal to salvage a single point and save his Nation from what would have been a shocking home loss.

He was also serving as team skipper, further showing the trust he's gathered from boss Hugo Perez since deciding to represent his nation El Salvador earlier in the year. It was his second goal for his National team, his first coming in his first game during a 2-0 win over Guatemala in this summer's Gold Cup.

The 25-year-old has emerged greatly for Seattle this Major League Soccer season, starting 26 of his 29 games at right-back, netting one goal, and dishing out about three assists, while offering a versatile two-way presence on the field.

Before linking up with the Sounders as a 2018 Major League Soccer Super Draft pick, he starred at Seattle University for four years as an attacking midfielder, a high skillset he's employed with his nation as Perez deploys him higher upfield. Alex’s brother, Cristian, is also a Sounders outstanding player and plays for the United States men’s national soccer team.

Meanwhile, Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz is drawing a lot of interest from his old Liga MX stomping grounds, as per the report from Telemundo Sports' Diego Montalvan.

Cruz Azul is allegedly the interested party, although Montalvan also revealed that move to Mexico's soccer league for Ruidiaz appears very unlikely at this point in time. Seattle have allegedly already triggered the club's 2022 contract option on the Peruvian.

Ruidiaz has previously played in Liga MX, winning the Golden Boot on two occasions during an outstanding spell with Liga MX side Morelia that preceded his 2018 transfer to Major League Soccer side Seattle.

Since linking up with Sounders, he's emerged as one of the league’s top strikers, netting 50 goals and making nine assists across 79 games in the regular season. He's added nine more goals in the league and created six assists in 10 Audi MLS Cup Playoff matches, with machines a sous covering the odds.

His MLS side Seattle is currently getting set for the postseason, where they're seeded No. 2 and slated to lock horns with No. 7 Real Salt Lake in a Western Conference Round One match at Lumen Field on the 23rd of November. Ruidiaz is recuperating from a hamstring problem that caused him to miss several matches down the stretch.

On the international phase, he has scored four goals in 50 matches for Peru's national soccer team.

Seattle Sounders undoubtedly have a strong attacking and midfield firepower that excites fans, but they can also suck up attacks like many others teams across MLS.

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