The closest to playing at “home” that Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan has gotten the past month was returning to the Los Angeles area for a road game last Sunday.
California native Roldan hasn’t played at his team’s CenturyLink Field home since a scoreless draw March 31 against Atlanta. The Sounders have played five of their first seven games on the road, including the last three, and admit their 2-2-3 record is somewhat due to fatigue.
“There’s no place like home,’’ said Roldan, whose team plays host to the New England Revolution at 7 p.m. on Saturday. “It’s a special place for all of us. I think we play much better here, for some reason. Obviously, I think we’ve missed our fans and hopefully they’ve missed us.’’
It isn’t just the crowds of 40,000-plus that Roldan feels gives the Sounders an edge they might have lacked until last week’s 3-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy.
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“You want to build on every game, and it’s hard to build on away trips,’’ Roldan said. “Because you’re back and forth every weekend.’’
Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, who began his Major League Soccer career with the Revolution in 2004, said he has never played this many road games this early in a season.
“It’s an adjustment in terms of the travel, and it’s always kind of difficult to go away from home to play,’’ Dempsey said. “But I think you take it as a positive. It helps you build character. You find out who you are as a team early on because you’re put in some tough situations. I think we’ve responded well, and we’ve been unfortunate not to get more points.”
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