Seattle Sounders midfield star Osvaldo Alonso will remain in the Northwest for at least four more seasons after agreeing to a contract extension with the club. His contract was due to expire in 2012, but the team took steps to ensure that their 2010 MVP would stay for a little while longer and have tacked on two further years to his deal. Alonso, 25, joined the Sounders for their inaugural MLS season in 2008 after defecting from Cuba, and is widely considered to be one of the foremost defensive midfielders in the league and a major reason for Seattle's defensive solidarity.
In a news release issued by the Sounders, both general manager Adrian Hanauer and Alonso discussed the move:
"We are thrilled to extend Ozzie's contract for an additional two years. Through his hard work, intensity and heart, Ozzie is certainly deserving of the reward of a bigger and longer contract."
"I am very pleased with the attention I have been given by the club, and I appreciate the confidence that Adrian and Sigi have shown in me. I am very happy with the team and the fans here in Seattle. The fans have treated me well and I will give them and the club my best every time I step on the field, and I will work hard to bring success to the Sounders."
Obviously, as a fan seeing such an important asset secured long-term is a huge, huge deal. Alonso is universally loved by Sounders fans, and unlike many fan favourites he's totally deserving of the praise. Having him around for the team's first two seasons has been a huge pleasure, and we should all be looking forward to the next four years of midfieldy goodness.