HOW ACQUIRED: Signed from Charleston Battery on January 29, 2009.
There are few - if any - defensive midfielders in MLS who’ve cobbled together a more impressive six-year run than Alonso’s since joining the Sounders for their inaugural 2009 season. A dogged defender who’s no stranger to the tactical foul, Alonso also routinely tops the MLS season-end passing success rate charts while doubling as a lock-down man defender. The Cuban, affectionately known as Ozzie in Seattle, turned 30 in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing as the Sounders’ midfield heartbeat.
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INTERNATIONAL: Alonso served as the captain of the Cuban U23 side before being called up to the senior team in 2006. He earned 16 caps and scored twice over the next year before defecting to the U.S. in 2007 with the Cuban national team at the Gold Cup in Houston. Alonso hasn’t appeared for Cuba since, and he earned his U.S. citizenship in 2012.
OUTSIDE MLS: Alonso’s spent nearly his entire professional career in MLS, but it didn’t start there. He first signed for hometown club Pinar del Río on Cuba’s western edge in 2005, where he won a league title in 2006. He racked up 42 appearances for the club and scored 14 goals before defecting in 2007 and joining the USL’s Charleston Battery. Over the course of the 2008 season, he appeared 23 times, scored four goals and earned the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Seattle signed him shortly thereafter.