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June 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

A look at Sounders FC with and without midfielder Osvaldo Alonso

alonso mug 2013Fortunately for Sounders FC, Osvaldo Alonso hasn’t missed much time the past five years.

But the star midfielder will most likely be out in Seattle’s next game, a June 8 home contest against the Vancouver Whitecaps, due to a thigh injury sustained Saturday, so I wanted to take a look at the Sounders’ fortunes with and without Alonso.

You might or might not be surprised to hear Seattle is winless in its last six games without Alonso dating to midway through the 2011 season (0-3-3). The 27-year-old Cuban-American is, of course, a three-time team MVP, two-time MLS All-Star and an MLS Best XI pick in 2012.

I’ve broken it down by regular-season games Alonso plays, starts and goes a full 90…

When Alonso starts: 56-27-35 (1.72 points per game)
When Alonso doesn’t start: 8-9-5 (1.32 points per game)

When Alonso plays: 59-27-36 (1.75 points per game)
When Alonso doesn’t play: 5-9-4 (1.06 points per game)

When Alonso goes a full 90 minutes: 53-25-33 (1.73 points per game)
When Alonso doesn’t go a full 90 minutes: 11-11-7 (1.38 points per game)

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Obviously the biggest difference is whether Alonso plays or not at all. What do you make of the difference?

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