The reshuffling of the Seattle Sounders roster continued Thursday when it was announced that 33-year-old and former captain Osvaldo Alonso had signed with Minnesota United FC. The signing was a grim reminder to fans and players that at the end of the day that the Sounders like all MLS Clubs are about business.
Alonso was the last player from the original Sounders MLS team and is the Sounders FC’s all-time leader in appearances, starts and minutes after signing with the club prior to its inaugural MLS season in 2009, helping Sounders FC to four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2009-2011, 2014), the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and the 2016 MLS Cup championship.
The San Cristobal, Cuba native is a five-time Team MVP (2010-2013, 2016), four-time MLS All-Star (2011-2014) and a 2012 MLS Best XI selection. His 339 appearances across all competitions are just 13 behind “Mr. Sounder” Zach Scott for the most in Sounders history dating back to 1974.
Alonso became eligible for MLS free agency after the expiration of his previous deal in Seattle, completing a 10-year run of service with the Rave Green. By joining Minnesota, Alonso is set to face Sounders FC twice in the upcoming campaign, first in Minneapolis on May 4 before a Decision Day matchup at CenturyLink Field on October 6. Major League Soccer unveiled Sounders FC’s full 2019 schedule earlier this week.
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