Player Details

Name

Osvaldo Alonso

Height

5' 11"

Weight

157 lbs

Date of Birth

11.11.1985 (35)

Birthplace

San Cristobal, Cuba

Position

Midfielder

Position Detail

Central Midfielder

Preferred Side

Centre

Footedness

Right
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected off of waivers on Jan. 10, 2019.

Alonso, 35, was restricted to nine starts in 2020 due to injuries. He has made 37 appearances in two seasons with Minnesota after a decade with the Sounders and is regarded as one of the league's best-ever defensive midfielders.

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.

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