SEATTLE -- When Cristian Roldan was a boy, he fantasized about one day pulling on FC Barcelona's famous blue-and-garnet jersey.
Like many soccer-crazed youngsters of his generation, Roldan idolized Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi. They shaped how he saw the game. They were the guys he lined up alongside in his daydreams.
Most of us outgrow such adolescent fantasies by the time we hit our teens. Roldan's experience has been the opposite -- if anything, he's grown into his.