With the 2017 season in the books, SoundersFC.com is taking a look back at the top 10 plays of the year. We’ll release the full list over 10 days with the final play being announced on Dec. 31. Take a look at the full list as it’s released.
The Sounders will kick off 2018 with a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League series against El Salvador’s Santa Tecla on Feb. 22 before opening the MLS campaign on March 4 against LAFC.
NOTE: These plays were voted on by a multiple SoundersFC.com staffers and compiled on a point system. Check out the full schedule HERE.
No. 8: Cristian Roldan’s two-minute brace vs. the San Jose Earthquakes | July 23
Ninety-six seconds. That’s all it took for the Seattle Sounders to jump from a scoreless draw to a 2-0 lead against the San Jose Earthquakes on July 23 thanks to a Cristian Roldan double. The defensive midfielder scored the fastest brace in franchise history and sunk the ‘Quakes before they knew what hit them.
Roldan, who recorded a career-high six goals in 2017, headed home his first tally in 54th minute after a flick-on from Gustav Svensson. Roldan then doubled his fortune in the 56th when a Will Bruin flick sent the ball to defender Víctor Bernárdez, from whom Roldan stole the ball and fired a close-range strike past goalkeeper David Bingham.