SEATTLE (AP) Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan will be eligible to play when Seattle travels to Minnesota United after his red card from last weekend’s game was rescinded.
The team said Wednesday that it had won its appeal of Roldan’s red card from Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Los Angeles FC. Roldan would otherwise have been suspended for Saturday’s game.
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Roldan was shown the red card in the 18th minute. He and LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye got into a shoving match near the midfield line. Eduard Atuesta ran in to intervene, and Roldan tried to push him off but struck Atuesta across the face.
Referee Ted Unkel, after a discussion with the sideline official, pulled out the red card, dismissing Roldan for violent conduct.
Roldan did not dispute the hand-to-the-face call. But he insisted that it was not his intent.
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ESPN FC is reporting that LA FC is on the verge of signing another promising South American talent with Independiente Medellin midfielder Eduard Atuesta.
The reported deal would be a loan of the player to the MLS side for the 2018 season.
The club put out the following statement on Tuesday, which indicates that Atuesta will join MLS, however, the Colombian side didn’t specify which team.
This season, Atuesta has played a mere 14 minutes for the club, which explains Independiente’s willingness to loan out the young midfielder.
The 20-year-old has made 44 total appearances in all competitions for Independiente since 2016, and played a role in the club’s Apertura title that same year.
Atuesta has also represented his native Colombia at the Under-20 level as recently as last year, when he and his teammates played at the South American Youth Football Championship.