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Seattle Sounders FC re-sign defender Alex Roldan

The natural midfielder will switch to playing right back in 2020 for Seattle Sounders FC.

Seattle Sounders FC signed defender Alex Roldan to a new contract Tuesday afternoon.

Roldan, 23, entered the league as a midfielder in 2018 but has been training as a right back throughout preseason. Both he and Kelvin Leerdam are currently the best-suited players on the team’s roster to play the position.

Terms of the deal, including length and compensation, were not disclosed. Roldan’s last guaranteed salary was $57,225 annually, according to figures released by the MLS Players Association.

“We’re excited to bring back Alex for another season in Seattle and see how he does at a new position,” Sounders FC general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “He has been a great pro these past two seasons, and his experience with our club will allow us to be flexible with him on the field.”

Seattle selected Roldan 22nd overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. He has appeared in 28 games for the Sounders over the last to years and has notched two assists.

In both 2018 and 2019, Roldan went on loan to the Tacoma Defiance — Seattle’s USL Championship affiliate — and accumulated two goals in 14 appearances over the two stints.

His brother, Cristian Roldan, is both his teammate on the Sounders and a member of the United States men’s national team player pool.

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