Meet the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Nominees: Cristian Roldan

Meet the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Nominees: Cristian Roldan

Gatorade Player of the Year

Meet the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Nominees: Cristian Roldan

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Cristian Roldan
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Midfielder/Forward
High School: El Rancho High School
City: Pico Rivera, Calif.
Year: Senior

Read More: Introducing … Cristian Roldan

A two-time California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division III Player of the Year, Roldan scored 54 goals and passed for 31 assists in 32 games as a senior, leading El Rancho to a sectional and regional state championship. He scored eight goals and added seven assists in a five-game postseason title run. A University of Washington signee, Roldan had a direct hand in 85 of his team’s 127 goals as a senior.

2012-13

  • Led the Dons to a 29-2-1 record and the Southern Section Division III tournament championship and the Division I title at the CIF Southern California Regional Soccer Championships
  • Scored a school-record 54 goals and also passed for 31 assists in 2013
  • Recorded a goal and five assists in three regional tournament games
  • Scored eight goals and passed for seven assists in five-game run to CIF-SS Division III title
  • 17 multi-goal games
  • Recorded at least one point in 31 of 32 games
  • Had a direct hand in 85 of El Rancho’s 127 goals this past season—67 percent

Career

  • Two-time CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year (2011 and 2013)
  • Two-time Del Rio League MVP
  • One of three winners of State Coaches Association Senior Scholarship Award
  • Led Dons to CIF Southern Section title as a sophomore
  • Club standout for Union Independiente
     

3.39 cumulative GPA

  • Volunteers for Blue Pride service project, an annual refurbishment and beautification initiative at El Rancho High
  • Volunteer coach for American Youth Soccer Organization
  • Member of the California Scholarship Federation, which requires a B-plus average and peer mentorship
  • Member of College Bound Athletes, a guidance and support group for aspiring college athletes
     

“My brothers have finally stopped giving me a hard time about the adidas commercial I was in during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. I was part of this local league and adidas did a casting call to see kids juggle. I didn’t even want to go initially, but I just kept getting called back until they cast me.”

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