HOW ACQUIRED: Selected off of waivers on Jan. 10, 2019.
The 34-year-old is coming off a successful first season in Minnesota after joining the club following a legendary decade-long stint with the Seattle Sounders that saw him bag an MLS Cup in 2016. After coming to the Loons in free agency, Alonso started 27 games last season and scored the first-ever goal in Allianz Field history in the venue's opening match against New York City FC.
INTERNATIONAL: Alonso served as the captain of the Cuban Under-23 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 US in 2007 with the Cuban national team at the Concacaf Gold Cup in Houston. Alonso hasn’t appeared for Cuba since, and he earned his US 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, scoring four goals and earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Seattle signed him shortly thereafter.