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Sounders trade up to draft Husky Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC moved up to the 16th selection of the MLS SuperDraft today and selected UW star Cristian Roldan, who slid a long way after being projected as high as No. 2 in the draft.

It's a turn of events that Roldan hoped for, but seemed resigned to not happening in my draft-preview story today.

Seattle swapped its No. 27 pick and other considerations to RSL for that club's No. 16 pick.

Here's a note on Roldan that appeared on the website in advance of the draft:

Cristian RoldanAt this time two years ago, Roldan was receiving very little attention from college coaches and wasn’t sure if he would play soccer beyond high school. Now he’s looking at an MLS season in which he could be among the top rookies.

The only underclassman in this group of UW players, Roldan decided to forgo his final two seasons and sign a Generation adidas contract. He and UConn forward Cyle Larin are, according to many mock drafts, expected to be the top two picks Thursday. Another speedy player who also has exceptional passing and dribbling skills, Roldan was mostly used as an attacking central midfielder during college.

There are a couple of reasons why Roldan wasn’t recruited until late in his senior year of high school: He is just 5-foot-8, and his club team rarely traveled to major tournaments. His height turned out to be a non-factor at the UW, where six of his nine goals came on headers.