Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Seattle Sounders defender Alex Roldan sank to the turf, head in hands in disappointment after inadvertently deflecting Mohamed Afsha’s volley past goalkeeper Stefan Frei. The goal, credited to Afsha, was enough to give Al Ahly the win and see them advance to the semifinal of the FIFA Club World Cup at the Sounders expense—with the added reward of a matchup against storied European champions, Real Madrid. As referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle, the players and staff on Al Ahly’s bench streamed onto the pitch in celebration. The crowd erupted, with the most concentrated celebrations coming from a group of hardcore Ahly supporters behind one of the goals. It was as if a cup final had been won, while Roldan’s reaction was as if one had been lost. Outside of the European soccer bubble, maybe this tournament means something after all. It was certainly meaningful for Seattle Sounders, and arguably for American … [Read more...] about What Does Seattle Sounders Club World Cup Defeat Mean For US Soccer?