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Sounders name Osvaldo Alonso their team MVP

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This is the fourth straight year Alonso has won the award, as voted by his teammates.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Osvaldo Alonso has, once again, been named the Seattle Sounders' team MVP, an award his teammates have now given to him for four consecutive years. Although this was a bit of a down year for Alonso, he continued to establish himself as the premier defensive midfielder in MLS. The Sounders went 2-5-1 in the matches he did not start.

Alonso finished the 2013 season as the league's most accurate passer (88.58 percent), which also included a league best completion percentage of 85.08 percent in the opponent's half. Defensively, only fullbacks Gonzalo Segares (3.8) and Leo Gonzalez (3.8) averaged more tackles per game than Alonso (3.7).

The only real hole in Alonso's game continues to be in the final third, where he has never blossomed into the scorer the Sounders had hoped. Alonso finished the regular season without a goal for the first time in his MLS career and also had a career low one assist. He did, however, score his second career playoff goal.

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