Seattle's all-time leader in games (139), starts (135), and minutes (11,389)
Coach Sigi Schmid: “Osvaldo is a hard-working central midfielder, very good defensively, someone who has contributed offensively as well as with his passing.”
2013: Voted team MVP by his teammates for the fourth straight season after starting all 26 appearances and logging 2,179 minutes. Scored lone goal of season in 2-1 loss vs. POR (11/2) in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. Recorded only assist of season in 4-2 win vs. DAL (5/18). Named inactive MLS All Star, marking his third consecutive All-Star season. Became the first player in club history to start 110 matches vs. POR (3/16) and play 10,000 minutes vs. NE (4/13). Set club record with 120th appearance in 4-0 win vs. SJ (5/11). Currently the Sounders FC club record-holder for career games (139), starts (135), and minutes (11,839), while ranking second in shots (180). Started all 33 appearances and finished fifth on team with 2,803 minutes across all competitions. First in club history with 13 appearances and 1,194 minutes in MLS Cup Playoffs. Missed four games from 6/8-7/6 with a quad strain.
2012: Named to MLS Best XI for first time in four-year career after a stellar season in midfield, leading the team with 30 starts. Compiled a team-high 2,688 minutes in regular season play, the second-highest total by field player in franchise history behind his 2011 total. Named MLS All-Star for the second straight season and voted team MVP for the third straight year. His lone goal of the season came on a 65th minute game- winner at COL (7/28) when he volleyed a 12-yard shot into the back of the net. Named 2012 U.S. Open Cup Player of the Tournament after scoring four goals and two assists in four games, including the winner vs. ATL (5/30) and a 30-yard volley vs. CAL FC (6/5). Totaled five goals and five assists while leading the team with 42 starts and 3,749 minutes across all competitions.
2011: Workhorse of team, led field players with 33 appearances and 2891 minutes (ranked 12th among field players in MLS). Played full 90 minutes in each of his 32 MLS starts. Scored career-high three goals and matched his high with three assists. Scored game-winner at POR (7/10) by converting his first career penalty. Second on team with 54 shots. Selected as MLS All-Star for first time. Scored both goals in 2-2 draw at Comunicaciones (9/27) in CCL Group Stage match. Named U.S. Open Cup Player of the Round for his performance in the final (added late goal in 2-0 win over Chicago). Made 43 appearances and 40 starts across all competitions.
2010: Returned from injury to help Seattle post the league's best record in the second half of the season. Started 23 of 25 appearances in regular season and playoffs, matching his 2009 totals with one goal and three assists. Scored the game-winner vs. CHV (10/15). Missed eight games due to a quadriceps strain (5/8) and returned vs. DAL (7/11). Seattle was 11-3-5 in regular season matches when he played at least 45 minutes. Also appeared in two U.S. Open Cup and five CONCACAF Champions League matches
2009: Tenacious ballwinner, starting 28 of 29 appearances in regular season and playoffs. Played the full 90 minutes in 26 games, and all 210 minutes in both playoff games vs. HOU (10/29, 11/8). After missing three matches with quadriceps strain, returned to score on long-range blast vs. DC (6/17). Finished with one goal and three assists. All three assists came during first two matches. Appeared in two U.S. Open Cup games, including 90 minutes in the final.
Other Professional Experience
2008: Earned 2008 first team All-USL First Division honors and voted league's Rookie of the Year. Scored four goals and added two assists to lead Charleston to the first round of the USL-1 playoffs. Started 31 games in all competitions and scored one goal in the postseason. Scored two goals in U.S. Open Cup play, helping the Battery reach the championship final, where it fell to D.C. United. Played three seasons (2005-07) for FC Pinar del Rio, winning the Cuban championship in 2006.
Represented Cuba 17 times at the senior level, scoring two goals. Made debut for the senior Cuban National Team in a Caribbean Nations Cup match against the Turks & Caicos Islands in September 2006. Served as captain of the U-23 national team during qualification for the 2008 Olympics.
Married to Liang Perez. Has one child, Dennis. Son of Osvaldo Alonso and Maria de los Angeles. Left the Cuban National Team in June of 2007 during the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in Houston prior to match versus Honduras. He separated from the other players during a visit to a department store, walking out the front door undetected. Lester Moré also left in a separate incident during the Gold Cup and joined Alonso in Charleston in 2008.