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June 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Osvaldo Alonso gives his first group interview in English

alonso mug.jpgSounders FC’s team MVP from the 2010 season, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, is the only field player that has played all 1,350 minutes this year (goalkeeper Kasey Keller has, too).

Until Monday, any non-Spanish interviews with the 25-year-old Cuban have mainly had to go through a translator. Today Alonso felt comfortable enough to give his first group interview in English. Here’s the transcript, which continues after the jump:

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(You’ve played every single minute this season, is that something you take pride in?) “Yeah, I play like 15 games in a row, so I am very happy. I am healthy for playing many, many, many more games.”

(Do you ever think you need a rest at some point?) “No, no. My mind is ‘play.’ Play. That’s it. I want to continue to play.”

(Did you come into the season any differently? In better shape?) “No. I feel good. I did good preseason this year. I hope in the season I’m going to be healthy. That’s most important.”

(How have you learned English?) “I studied a couple years here with a teacher in Seattle, and I learned also from my teammates. I learn from watching TV, too.”

(Did it help you in the locker room?) “Yeah, in the locker room it helps me a lot.”

(And on the field?) “Yeah, too.”

(You’ve played every minute, but has it been tough with so many moving parts?) “No. I think every player has the potential for playing the midfield around me, so I prepare for playing with any guy close to me. I’m ready to play with any player.”

(How do you decide when you take shots from distance or keep possession?) “I think in the last part of the field, if I have space and I see the goalkeeper, I try to shoot. But sometimes it’s difficult to take a shot (under) so much pressure, so I try to keep the ball to my teammates.”

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