Player Details


Oswaldo Alanís


oz-VALL-doh AH-lah-neece


6' 0"


183 lbs

Date of Birth

3.18.1989 (32)


Morelia, Mexico



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side




Roster Category


Player Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on a one-year loan with the possibility to extend from Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara using Targeted Allocation Money on January 28, 2020. Loan extended on Dec. 10, 2020

A left-footed center back, Alanis has vast experience at the top level including 23 caps for Mexico and Liga MX and Concacaf Champions League winners' medal with Chivas de Guadalajara. He is entering his second season with San Jose. He tallied two goals and one assist in 14 appearances, all starts, in 2020. The Morelia, Mex. native made an immediate impact by scoring a goal and tallying an assist in his MLS debut, later contributing a goal in the team’s dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 15.

OUTSIDE MLS: Alanís comes to San Jose from his second stint with Chivas, re-joining the club last July. He made 10 appearances, all starts, and scored two goals during the recent Liga MX Apertura season. After establishing himself with Santos Laguna, Alanís joined Chivas for $5 million transfer in 2015 just a few months prior to the arrival of current Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda. Under Almeyda, Alanís led Chivas to Liga MX (Clausura 2017), Copa MX (Apertura 2015; Clausura 2017), Supercopa MX (2016) and Concacaf Champions League (2018) titles. He made the first move abroad of his career in July of 2018, signing with Spain’s Getafe and later with Spain’s Real Oviedo. He scored one goal in 24 appearances over the next year before opting to return to Chivas.

INTERNATIONAL: Alanís has scored two goals in 23 appearances for the Mexico national team, most recently appearing in a friendly against the United States in September of 2018. He helped Mexico win the 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup, appearing in all three knockout round matches, and was also on the team during Copa America in 2011.



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