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July 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Osvaldo Alonso: ‘I’m ready to go Saturday.’

alonso mug 2013Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has missed four games with a quad strain, but if all goes to plan, it won’t be five.

“I feel very good to play Saturday,” he said ahead of this weekend’s game at San Jose.

Alonso suffered the injury June 1 at Chivas USA, having gone into that game questionable with an adductor strain suffered May 18 versus Dallas. The injuries look to be behind him now as he has been training the past two weeks and training without restriction the past few days.

“(It’s been) frustrating being out like almost six weeks,” said the three-time team MVP, “but I’m ready to go Saturday, to step on the field to give the best for my team.”

With the CONCACAF Gold Cup underway, Alonso has been following a couple teams — the U.S. and Cuba — and even traveled to Portland on Tuesday to see both in action. As an update, there is still no resolution regarding a potential future with the USMNT (a long-standing issue with no end in sight).

Alonso, while in Portland, was able to talk to some of the Cuban players at the team hotel. His access to the team hasn’t always been that open as a former international who defected during the Gold Cup several years ago.

I asked Alonso what he makes of his almost celebrity status among Cuban players these days.

“I’m very proud for myself,” he said. “I’m very proud for everything I’m doing here. … I have to keep going, doing the best for me and Seattle, and look forward. They look at me like a hero, but I feel like the same guy a few years ago playing in Cuba.”

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