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June 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Slumping Sounders will get boost in Osvaldo Alonso’s return

alonso mug 2012.jpgMired in a five-game MLS winless streak, the Sounders could use some good news.

What better than the return of reigning two-time team MVP Osvaldo Alonso?

The 26-year-old midfielder has served his two-game suspension for a dangerous tackle in a May 23 home game against Columbus and will be eligible to play Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field.

“I’m looking back to getting back on the field and giving my best on Wednesday,” Alonso said through an interpreter.

He wasn’t alone in that thought.

“It’s important to have Ozzie back because he’s an important member of our team,” said coach Sigi Schmid.

“Ozzie obviously brings a certain tenaciousness onto the field and his ability to recover the ball is an important aspect for us. So he’s going to help us; he’s going to make us better.”

Alonso said was able to stay fit and sharp during the MLS suspension by playing a pair of U.S. Open Cup games. Asked what he felt about the decision from the disciplinary committee, he said he took the punishment “pretty well” and agreed that his foul on Crew midfielder Cole Grossman was a hard one.

“Now I’m just ready to get back to playing,” Alonso said.

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