Badger makes peace with bear.
Osvaldo Alonso has one red card over the last three seasons. It came in a match against the Houston Dynamo in which Alonso got himself ejected after literally going after Will Bruin's throat following a questionable tackle.
The two players are, of course, now teammates and it was interesting to see one of the first players to embrace Bruin after his equalizing goal on Saturday was none other than Alonso.
Even though it's no surprise, Osvaldo Alonso's return to the Sounders' starting XI for the final match of the regular season is absolutely crucial. His red card against the Houston Dynamo meant that he served a one match suspension against FC Dallas last weekend. Other than Alonso, the rest of the starting lineup is the same as it was in Dallas.
Osvaldo Alonso, captain for the night in place of Brad Evans, was sent off against the Houston Dynamo in the 64th minute after a scuffle with Will Bruin. Replays showed that both players were taking swipes at each other, but the referee judged Alonso's actions as worthy of a red card and sending off.
Anonymous survey of MLS players suggests it's at least a reasonably common perception.
There might not be a player in Seattle Sounders history more universally loved by the fan base, teammates, and front office than Osvaldo Alonso. It's not hard to understand why. Alonso's rare combination of hard tackling and slick passing have made him one of the top defensive midfielders throughout his MLS career.
Only Sebastian Giovinco had a higher season-long rating.
We know the season just ended and the playoffs are around the corner, literally. Some websites are putting together their regular season awards and the Seattle Sounders have one player already named to a Best XI.
Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been named to WhoScored.
There was some talk that the Disciplinary Committee could add games to his suspension, but Alonso says that he's available against Real Salt Lake
After a tussle with Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin last week, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent off for violent conduct. Alonso served the automatic punishment for such an offense, a one-match ban, against FC Dallas last Sunday.
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At 0-3-0 -3 the Seattle Sounders already have a hill to climb in 2016. The next stage of that hill are the Montreal Impact. Quebec's finest are 2-1-0 +2 powered by not Drogba, but Nacho Piatti. The creative mid has three goals and two assists.
Con apenas dos partidos jugados en la temporada, los Sounders de Seattle ya estan bajo el peso y presión de dos derrotas consecutivas mas una serie de jugadores lesionados que ha abierto una crisis nunca antes vista en otros inicios de campañas. Los Sounders parecen haber patentizado un patrón sistemático de derrotas desde la mitad del 2015.
Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.
There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.
All signs point to the Sounders player getting back to his best.
Last year about this time we wondered about Osvaldo Alonso, especially after the Sounders actively shopped him in the offseason. This led me to write this about Alonso's fate at the time.
While not the same, this off-season had a lot of speculation about Clint Dempsey.
Yes, we have your daily Clint Dempsey update too
Day two in Soundersville started out much the same as the first, except without the number of fans at Starfire. Warmups were done in lines and players' preferred groups began to emerge. It will be interesting to see what happens when the missing players return.
Here are three ways Seattle could work around Clint Dempsey's health status and Osvaldo Alonso's climbing salary as they look to bring in a new Designated Player.
The Sounders currently have three Designated Players on the roster: Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso, and Nicolas Lodeiro. Though it's possible only one of them will be a DP and/or on the roster by opening kick.
• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .
Tyrone Mears gets the nod at right back as Brad Evans is out injured.
The good news is that Roman Torres is getting his first Sounders start since his injury, against the San Jose Earthquakes. As Brad Evans is out injured Osvaldo Alonso takes the captain's armband and Tyrone Mears remains the starting right back.
Just minutes after Jordan Morris' opener, the Seattle Sounders made it 2-0 thanks to substitute Joevin Jones' well-taken goal. Osvaldo Alonso put Jones through on goal, and the defender-turned-winger beat his opponents well and lightly chipped the ball into the net over a sliding Bill Hamid.
Jordan Morris is on the run of his life. The Seattle Sounders rookie scored in his fourth straight match, this one a rip from nearly 30 yards out that easily beat David Bingham to the near post.
Osvaldo Alonso was credited with his first assist, but this was all Morris. The Homegrown Player -- who tied the Sounders rookie record for goals in a season and the MLS record for consecutive games with a goal by a rookie -- just wound up and smoked his shot.
"I go after everyone the same. Any player who comes next to me, I want to get the ball from him." - Osvaldo Alonso
After an open game of missed chances and solid defense from both teams, the Seattle Sounders snagged a late goal through the left foot of Jordan Morris to secure a third victory of the season.
Likkit has the week off as he on vacation and spending time with the family (how dare he). This week, I am the GIFs.
If you're a fan of good things, I have some news for you! The Sounders played one of their better games this past weekend (and by that I mean they didn't lose) and came away with three points against the Philadelphia Union.
"I won't remember this one long - it's one you'd like to forget. It's a start for us, it's the beginning." -Sigi Schmid
After an entertaining opening day of Major League Soccer, Sounders fans were looking for a rousing home win to move on from a disappointing midweek loss. Jordan Morris got his nervy shot out of the way in the 9th minute and it felt like his next would surely be on frame.
Based on the group that traveled, the Seattle Sounders are going into Estadio Azteca prepared to give it their best shot. Among those present at Tuesday's open training session were all 11 starters from last week's first leg against Club America as well as just about every other key player.
Here's the full list of players at training according to photographer Max Aquino: Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez, Darwin Jones, Joevin Jones, Osvaldo Alonso, Dylan Remick, Aaron Kovar, Tyler Miller, Charlie Lyon, Andreas Ivanschitz, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Oneil Fisher, Stefan Frei, Erik Friberg, Oalex Anderson, Zach Scott, Cristian Roldan and Nathan Sturgis.
A pesar del empate, que pudo saber a derrota, los Sounders de Seattle mostraron la noche del martes la formación que podría liberarlos, o desprenderlos de esas ataduras que a traves de ocho temporadas ha patentizado su entrenador Sigi SCHMID Con dos goles de visita en contra, el viaje a México se convierte ahora en una misión de pura sobrevivencia cuando se enfrenten al inmenso Estadio Azteca y su Club América el próximo miércoles 2 de marzo en el partido de vuelta de cuartos de finales de la ConcaChampions.
Brian Schmetzer thinks he'd have a hard time keeping Alonso off the field, anyway.
Everyone in Seattle more than likely held their collective breaths when they all saw Colorado Rapids left back Marc Burch clatter clumsily into Osvaldo Alonso. You probably held your breath a little longer seeing Ozzie grab his knee.
Vermes was quoted as saying that Schmetzer told him post-match that Ozzie deserved a second yellow
After Peter Vermes' Sporting Kansas City were defeated 1-0 by the Seattle Sounders on Thursday, he had a few choice words for the referee crew about their performance. But on Friday, Vermes expanded on his fury to The Kansas City Star:
"Every day in the regular season, that's a card (on Osvaldo Alonso).
New USA head coach name-checks two Sounders during FS1 interview.
By now, Seattle Sounders fans are well aware of the breakout season Cristian Roldan has enjoyed. The 21-year-old product of the University of Washington scored four goals and added three assists in his second season, but those stats only scratch the surface of how well he has done.
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Seattle's beloved midfielder says he'll simply continue to play his game as he always has.
ESPN FC recently published an anonymous survey of MLS players regarding a variety of league-related questions. One notable response for Sounders fans was to the question "which player crosses the line in terms of discipline more than any other?
The honey badger played one season with Charleston Battery before coming to the Sounders.
The Sounders will take part in the Carolina Challenge Cup starting this Saturday, when they take on the Charleston Battery at 4:00 pm PT. This will be the final "tune up" before the Sounders head to Houston to take on the Dynamo on March 4.
This is shaping up to be quite the cast.
Players and coaches continue to line up for a chance to participate in Zach Scott's testimonial match on March 1 at Memorial Stadium.
The latest names to be added to the roster are Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, who will serve as coaches. They are also the last two original MLS Sounders.
PRO announced the referee's for the Conference Semifinals first legs on Friday.
The Seattle Sounders moved on to the Western Conference semifinals to take on FC Dallas over the next two weeks. On Friday, PRO announced who would be the main in charge for the first leg on Sunday night - it will be everyone's favorite referee Ricardo Salazar.
We love him for the player he is, but he also drives us crazy.
It is no secret that Osvaldo Alonso plays on the edge. He had done a better job of controlling himself recently, but he's never been one to back from a challenge. That's what we love him. That's what has prompted us to give him nicknames like "El Corazon" or "Honey Badger.
Into the playoff (position)
With so many teams playing twice this round, big numbers were bound to come. Willy Nilly put up 133 points to lead the league. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) captained the team and scored 28 points on a goal and an assist. Osvaldo Alonso (SEA, $9.5) trailed with 17 points on a goal of his own, and David Villa (NYC, $12.
As the Sounders found themselves with a solid spell of possession near the end of the first half, Joevin Jones picked up the ball and charged down the left flank, where he curved a cross into the center of the box. A late run by Osvaldo Alonso saw the captain fire the shot into the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1.
After a horrid attempted clearance by Tyrone Mears the ball falls into space where Jordan Stewart could cut it back into the area. Chris Wondolowski finished the simple shot from the center and top of the six.
San Jose Earthquakes have dominated possession early in the match. Seattle is not creating going forward, and their defense is defined by Stefan Frei's dominance defending set-pieces.
What a difference a few days makes. After playing a struggling New England Revolution and looking very defeated for much of it, an entirely different team showed up to play DC United on a short rest midweek game. I give the staff a lot of credit for keeping this team mentally prepared, after an incredibly demoralizing prior result.
In a day or so I'll need to enter my vote for the MLS Player of the Week in SB Nation Soccer's weekly polling. In that poll we get a vote for first, second and third. Our votes are public. This week is the first time I'm considering voting for a Sounder, but not for first.
My first place vote will go to Kaka.
Alonso becomes Seattle's first to reach the milestone at top flight and is still going strong
Beyond the spectacle of it all–the crowd, the goals, the unlikely outcome–many of us came away from then-Qwest Field that brisk March night seven years ago believing we had found our next Mr. Sounder.
The afternoon started off quite well for the Seattle Sounders. Through the first 30 or so minutes, they were the better team and were mostly dictating the tempo of the game. Osvaldo Alonso scored a goal off a nice buildup, the Sounders had another goal waved off and Tyler Miller had even made a good save in his debut.
Addition of TAM and a Grant Wahl report feed the rumor mill.
Ever since Obafemi Martins' somewhat surprising departure, the sense has been that the Seattle Sounders would take stock of the team, park Osvaldo Alonso in the open spot over the short term and likely look to add a Designated Player in the summer transfer window along with another Targeted Allocation Money player.
In a sad repeat of the first leg, the Sounders got the first goal, but could not win. Club America was the stronger side through the match in Azteca. When the final whistle blew they took a 3-1 (5-3 aggregate) win with them. Seattle Sounders FC's CONCACAF Champions League run ends.
Only one minute after Osvaldo Alonso crossed it to Nelson Haedo Valdez, who looked to flick it into a Club America player's butt for the goal (ruled on own goal for now) Club America struck.