Photo credit: Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times
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Sounders FC announced that Osvaldo Alonso has signed a contract extension with the team through the 2014 season. The standout midfielder was voted team MVP by his teammates last year and is perhaps the most underrated player in the league.
“We are thrilled to extend Ozzie’s contract for an additional two years,” said general manager Adrian Hanauer in a release. “Through his hard work, intensity and heart, Ozzie is certainly deserving of the reward of a bigger and longer contract.”
No terms were revealed, but we can probably assume a healthy raise was involved after that quote.
Alonso played in 23 MLS games and started 21 (in all competitions those numbers go up to 32 and 29, respectively). A midseason quadriceps injury kept him out for eight games.
“Ozzie has been a vital part of the Sounders’ success,” said coach Sigi Schmid in the release. “His work rate, defensive tenacity and passing are important every game, and I am happy he will be with us for a while.”
The 25-year-old netted just a single goal in 2010, but added three assists in the league season. I have a feeling he might have more of an impact on offense next year. Expect him to contribute on free kicks and corner kicks — and don’t forget that shot from distance either.
“I am very pleased with the attention I have been given by the club, and I appreciate the confidence that Adrian and Sigi have shown in me,” Alonso said in the release. “I am very happy with the team and the fans here in Seattle. The fans have treated me well and I will give them and the club my best every time I stop on the field, and I will work hard to bring success to the Sounders.”