The Seattle Sounders have ruled out Osvaldo Alonso for Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake. The midfielder has played just one game since leaving the May 19 game against FC Dallas, but he suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in his only other appearance.
"Ozzie made some improvements during the week, but not enough improvement where he's going to play this weekend," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Friday. "He's made improvements for sure, today was his best day."
The Sounders will surely miss Alonso's contributions, but maybe not entirely in the ways you might think. So far this year, the Sounders have allowed about 2.0 goals per 90 without Alonso on the field and just about .5 goals per 90 with him. That's not necessarily a huge shock, but what is more surprising is that they score about 1.8 goals per 90 when Alonso is not on the field, while they score about 1.2 per 90 with him.
That seems to point toward a potentially wide open match against RSL, who have scored the third most goals in MLS.