Osvaldo Alonso volleys in first goal in Allianz Field history for MNUFC

Francisco Calvo - holds Osvaldo Alonso - Goal in Minnesota

Osvaldo Alonso departed the Seattle Sounders as a hero for his decade of work building one of MLS's most successful clubs.

Now he's also guaranteed an eternal place in a new team's folklore.

Alonso's classy 13th-minute volley for Minnesota United against New York City FC Saturday secured his place as the first-ever goal scorer in Allianz Field history.

And while it was only his sixth career appearance for the Loons, he was perhaps the appropriate figure to represent the club's aspirations to be legitimate Audi MLS Cup Playoff contenders in their third season in the top flight.

His addition to steady Minnesota's defensive midfield is a major reason they have earned 10 points through their first six matches of the 2019 season, despite playing all but one of those on the road.