Osvaldo Alonso

Osvaldo Alonso
Osvaldo Alonso
Osvaldo Alonso
Real Name: Osvaldo Alonso
HT: 5' 11" WT: 165
Age: 31 (11/11/1985)
Birthplace: San Cristobal, Cuba
Hometown: San Cristobal, Cuba

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.

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.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2017Seattle Sounders FC121211067014314010
2016Seattle Sounders FC3232328264431151071
2015Seattle Sounders FC22210185708145070
2014Seattle Sounders FC333302952233445070
2013Seattle Sounders FC262602179133454032
2012Seattle Sounders FC3030126882411337080
2011Seattle Sounders FC3332328913541150070
2010Seattle Sounders FC232111874330928040
2009Seattle Sounders FC272612207322735050
Career Totals-238233102054118278633590493
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