Osvaldo Alonso's lasting memory of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup may not be a great one, but he can at least take solace in being named the "Player of the Tournament" by theCup.US. Alonso was one of three Seattle Sounders players not to convert his attempt in the decisive penalty shootout, but he was undeniably a major reason they were even there to begin with.
Alonso was the tournament's second-leading scorer with four goals and two assists. He scored in each of the the first three games he played, including a two-goal performance against Cal FC in the fourth round. Alsono added a goal and an assist in the semifinals, which made him the first player in the modern era to go to five straight finals.
With Alonso earning this honor, that marks the fifth straight year it has been awarded to a Sounders player. Goalkeeper Chris Eylander was the first to win it in 2008, followed by Kasey Keller, Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero.