Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times
I wasn’t able to get to this yesterday, but Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been named Player of the Tournament for the 2012 U.S. Open Cup as voted upon by theCup.us and others.
Alonso scored four goals, tied for second most in the tournament, and added two assists to help lead Seattle to its fourth-straight final. It was the fifth final in a row for the Cuban-American dating to 2008 with the Charleston Battery of the USL.
A Sounder has won Player of the Tournament that past five years, dating to the lower leagues: Fredy Montero (2011), Nate Jaqua (2010), Kasey Keller (2009), Chris Eylander (2008).
Alonso won U.S. Open Cup Player of the Round in the 2012 semifinals and 2011 final.
Let’s get to some links:
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— It’s been a big news day in MLS leading with the official announcement that Caleb Porter will take over as coach of the Portland Timbers starting in 2013. Porter will finish this college season at Akron, where Sounders academy product DeAndre Yedlin is a sophomore defender.
— Also, former D.C. United player Bryan Namoff has filed a $12 million lawsuit against the team and former coach Tom Soehn for negligence in treating concussions. Namoff is still dealing with the symptoms three years after retirement.
— More locally, here’s an interview in Spanish with Fredy Montero. Interestingly, the forward appears to say all offers from Europeans club have been for loans. He goes on to say the Sounders would prefer a full transfer (which makes sense considering the team would receive allocation money and thus be better equipped to replace its all-time leading scorer). All that, of course, can change if he keeps up his recent scoring pace.
— Also, Sounder at Heart has the latest Twitter Q&A hosted by Brad Evans. Teammate Bryan Meredith is the subject of this edition.
— Elsewhere around the league, Toronto FC lost its CCL game to Santos Laguna on two late goals, Houston signed free agent midfielder Giles Barnes (he has EPL experience), and Vancouver is considering an appeal of Darren Mattocks‘ red card.
— And some more: Montero wasn’t the top player in last week’s Castrol Index rating, Sporting KC has sent Konrad Warzycha out on loan, and here’s a podcast on the league website looking at Seattle’s Big Four. One host does well to note that each goal since Christian Tiffert‘s debut has involved a DP or Eddie Johnson.
— Michael Bradley picked up an injury recently, which could put his involvement in upcoming World Cup qualifiers in doubt. And here’s a trailer on an upcoming film about his dad, Bob Bradley, and his attempts to lead Egypt to the World Cup.
— Lastly, Alex Morgan, a star for the Sounders Women this past season, talked about her time in Seattle on Access Hollywood the other day: