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Player Profile: Osvaldo Alonso

His first year in the MLS Best XI, winner of the US Open Cup Player of Tournament, three straight team MVPs, a 2011 MLS All Star, but his biggest award may be that he is simply the Honey Badger and takes what he wants.


No Seattle Sounders player puts in more minutes than Osvaldo Alonso, but that isn't why he's valuable. His talent is strong enough that he has twice trained in England (Everton, West Ham). He also knows about his nickname, but doesn't really care.

#1 - Osvaldo Alonso (Nickname: Honey Badger)
National Affiliation Cuba, USA? Age 27
Years Pro 8 Years Sounder 4
Position Midfielder Role Defensive Mid
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
34 34 3048 1 2 0.12
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
8 7 601 4 3 1.65
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Net Shot Rate Team
Net Duel Rate Team
70.9 3rd 0.67 9th 4.65 1st

In 2012 Sounders fans didn't see anything much new from Osvaldo Alonso, just tiny improvements in every part of his game.

Skills on offense: Alonso's passing ability has improved year to year. He now gets forward more often and is earning assists on short and medium passes. He is often an outlet from pressure to switch the angle of attack. He is capable of hitting the long shot, but may take them a bit too frequently. But when he hits, it is magic.


via Likkit

Alonso is probably the second best PK taker on the team.

Skills on defense: There is not a better ball winner in MLS. His first for team Net Duel Rate is also first league wide. Has speed to recover from the moments when he gets forward. Alonso regularly stops counter attacks and when he doesn't it is because he forces the opponent to play the counter as far from him as possible. Great defender in set-piece situations. Is a bit prone to anger, but hovers on the proper side of the Yellow/Foul line.

He is not just a great tackler and winner of duels. Alonso is a one of the better interceptors of passes. He is the rare MLS player that opposing offenses must plan to avoid. They still don't.

Best Case 2013: A refined shot could result in more goals and a Shalrie-esque 8 & 8 season as a fringe MVP candidate.

2012 Player Profiles
1 Osvaldo Alonso 2 Eddie Johnson
3 Michael Gspurning 4 Fredy Montero
5 Mauro Rosales 6 Jeff Parke
7 Brad Evans 8 Christian Tiffert
9 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 10 Leo Gonzalez
11 Adam Johansson 12 David Estrada
13 Zach Scott 14 Patrick Ianni
15 Andy Rose 16 Marc Burch
17 Alex Caskey 18 Mario Martinez
19 Steve Zakuani 20 Sammy Ochoa
21 Alvaro Fernandez 22 Servando Carrasco
23 Cordell Cato 24 Roger Levesque
25 Bryan Meredith 26 Mike Seamon
27 Marcus Hahnemann 28 Andrew Weber
29 Josh Ford 30 Christian Sivebaek
31 Andrew Duran 32 Daniel Steres
33 Michael Tetteh 34 Babayele Sodade

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