|Full name Osvaldo Alonso Moreno|
Spouse Liang Perez
Salary 185,000 USD (2012)
|Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
Name Osvaldo Alonso
Children Dennis Alonso
|Date of birth (1985-11-11) November 11, 1985 (age 30)|
Current team Seattle Sounders FC (#6 / Midfielder)
Parents Maria Alonso, Osvaldo Alonso
Similar People Lamar Neagle, Brad Evans, Sigi Schmid, Gonzalo Pineda, Stefan Frei
Place of birth San Cristobal, Cuba
Osvaldo alonso hightlights
Osvaldo Alonso Moreno (born November 11, 1985) is a Cuban footballer who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer. Known for his style of harassing, tackling and covering the field, he gets forward to supply enough offense to be considered a threat, and has earned the nickname "Honey Badger" from fans for his fearless, aggressive playing style.
- Osvaldo alonso hightlights
- Uno a Uno Osvaldo Alonso
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- Defection to the United States
- Pinar del Ro
Uno a Uno | Osvaldo Alonso
Alonso began his career with Pinar del Río in his homeland, after which he defected to the United States in June 2007. Alonso trained with Chivas USA, and was offered a $12,900 developmental contract with the team. Eventually, Alonso opted to sign with Charleston Battery on the theory he would get more playing time on a USL First Division team. He impressed early after a strong outing the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup 2008., and ultimately enjoyed an impressive rookie season in which he started 31 games for the Battery and scored 7 goals. He was named 2008 team MVP and Newcomer of the Year on fan votes, the team's Player's Player of the Year by a team vote, and the USL-1 Rookie of the Year by league coach and GM vote.
Seattle Sounders FC
He was signed by Seattle Sounders FC in 2008 where he quickly became a regular starter at defensive midfield.
The 2009 MLS Season: Tenacious ballwinner, starting 28 of 29 appearances in regular season and playoffs. Played the full 90 minutes in 26 games, and all 210 minutes in both playoff games vs. HOU (10/29, 11/8). After missing three matches with quadriceps strain, returned to score on long-range blast vs. DC (6/17). Finished with one goal and three assists. All three assists came during first two matches. Appeared in two U.S. Open Cup games, including 90 minutes in the final. In February 2011, Alonso signed a contract extension with Seattle through the 2014 season.
Osvaldo Alonso in 2010: Returned from injury to help Seattle post the league's best record in the second half of the season. Started 23 of 25 appearances in regular season and playoffs, matching his 2009 totals with one goal and three assists. Scored the game-winner vs. CHV (10/15). Missed eight games due to a quadriceps strain (5/8) and returned vs. DAL (7/11). Seattle was 11-3-5 in regular season matches when he played at least 45 minutes. Also appeared in two U.S. Open Cup and five CONCACAF Champions League matches
2011: Workhorse of team, led field players with 33 appearances and 2891 minutes (ranked 12th among field players in MLS). Played full 90 minutes in each of his 32 MLS starts. Scored career-high three goals and matched his high with three assists. Scored game-winner at POR (7/10) by converting his first career penalty. Second on team with 54 shots. Selected as MLS All-Star for first time. Scored both goals in 2-2 draw at Comunicaciones (9/27) in CCL Group Stage match. Named U.S. Open Cup Player of the Round for his performance in the final (added late goal in 2-0 win over Chicago). Made 43 appearances and 40 starts across all competitions.
Alonso played 56 minutes in a 3-2 win over Chelsea in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game.
2012: Named to MLS Best XI for first time in four-year career after a stellar season in midfield, leading the team with 30 starts. Compiled a team-high 2,688 minutes in regular season play, the second-highest total by field player in franchise history behind his 2011 total. Named MLS All-Star for the second straight season and voted team MVP for the third straight year. His lone goal of the season came on a 65th minute game- winner at COL (7/28) when he volleyed a 12-yard shot into the back of the net. Named 2012 U.S. Open Cup Player of the Tournament after scoring four goals and two assists in four games, including the winner vs. ATL (5/30) and a 30-yard volley vs. CAL FC (6/5). Totaled five goals and five assists while leading the team with 42 starts and 3,749 minutes across all competitions.
In 2013, Alonso was named an inactive MLS All-Star. Earning his third All-Star selection in his five-year MLS career being voted team MVP in 2010 & 2011.
After missing games in both the 2014 and 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Alonso was being actively shopped around the league by the Seattle Sounders front office due to durability concerns before the start of the 2016 MLS season. A trade did not materialize and Alonso went on to make 38 league and playoff appearances for the MLS Cup winning Sounders during the 2016 MLS season. Alonso picked up an injury during the playoffs for the third season in a row during the second leg of the Western Conference Finals against the Colorado Rapids when a collision led to a sprained knee. Alonso played through the injury, playing all 120 minutes of the 2016 MLS Cup Final in a penalty shootout win over Toronto FC. Alonso required 4 pain killing injections before the Final and another 4 injections at half time to make it through the game. Head coach Brian Schmetzer praised Alonso for his determination and service to the club after the victory.
Alonso passed 20,000 minutes played for Seattle on April 14, 2017, becoming the first to do so at the MLS level in team history, and the 10th in league history to do so while playing for one team.
Alonso served as captain of the Cuba U-23 national team during qualification for the men's football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He made his debut for the senior Cuban national team in a Caribbean Nations Cup 2006-07 match against the Turks & Caicos Islands in September 2006. During his time with the Cuban national team he earned 17 caps, scoring two goals. His final appearance for the national team was at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup in June 2007 against Panama. He defected to the United States, walking away from his team in a Houston area Wal-Mart during the Gold Cup Tournament.
On June 19, 2012, Alonso became a citizen of the United States of America and he stated that he would like to play for the United States national team despite playing for Cuba in the past.
Alonso has not been called up to the Cuban national team since he defected to the United States in June 2007. The FIFA statutes state that:
"If a Player who has been fielded by his Association in an international match in accordance with art. 5 par. 2 permanently loses the nationality of that country without his consent or against his will due to a decision by a government authority, he may request permission to play for another Association whose nationality he already has or has acquired."
Stats accurate as of April 17, 2017
Defection to the United States
Alonso defected from Cuba while the team was in Houston, Texas to face the Honduran team. Another Cuban teammate, Lester Moré, defected to the United States during the team's same trip to the United States. Alonso was with teammates at a Wal-Mart when he went off by himself while browsing through merchandise and then left the store. Alonso walked several blocks from the store until he found a man who spoke Spanish and borrowed a cell phone to call a friend in Miami, Florida.
Alonso earned his U.S. citizenship in 2012.