MLS Insider tells Osvaldo Alonso's story of fleeing Cuba for Sounders stardom

Chances are you've probably heard about how Osvaldo Alonso defected from Cuba while the national team was taking a trip to Walmart. But darn it if it isn't worth watching again.

If you haven't heard the story, basically he left the team with about $700 in his pocket, found someone who spoke Spanish outside the Houston Walmart and called a friend in Florida. A few hours later, he was on a bus and starting his new life.

In took about nine months, but he eventually signed with the USL's Charleston Battery and eventually came to the Seattle Sounders as a member of their inaugural team. He, of course, has since become a a U.S. citizen and is now trying to get a release that would allow him to switch national teams.

Some notable aspects: Alonso does much of the interview in English and Servando Carrasco is one of the guys who talks quite highly of him (we'll miss you Servando).

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