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In the second he joined MLS at 2009, Ozzie Alonso place a tone. He had been a no-nonsense midfielder straight from the beginning, dominating the middle of the area with tough tackles and daring defending. He was a participant that appeared everywhere at once and, unlike most No.6s across the planet, it wasn’t difficult to detect his sway.
The Cuban-born midfielder was absolutely crucial to the Sounders’ success during his time at the Emerald City, winning four U.S. Open Cups, a Supporters’ Shield along with an MLS Cup final.
His performances at the run-up into the latter finale were mythical, as Alonso made it during this chilly 2016 night in Toronto on pain shots, beating trauma to perform 120 moments as the Sounders won their first MLS Cup.
In 2017, he turned into the 10th player in league history to perform 20,000 moments for a single team. As when his Sounders dominance wasn’t sufficient, Alonso helped direct Minnesota United into the playoffs this year, his first having a Loons team which was one of the league’s worst in both MLS campaigns.
Alonso is no doubt a Seattle legend, and he’s more than earned his position as a MLS legend too.