Osvaldo Alonso has been named Sounders FC’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season, the team announced Monday. The award was voted on by the midfielder’s teammates.
This is the fourth-straight year Alonso has been Seattle’s MVP. Former goalkeeper Kasey Keller is the only other player to have won the award, claiming the honor in 2009.
Alonso actually set career lows this season in regular-season goals (0) and assists (1). He also committed 54 fouls, most in his five years in MLS, and earned his first two red cards, though one was later rescinded. His impact, of course, is hardly measured through those stats. The 28-year-old Cuban continues to be one of the most dominant players in MLS when it comes to ball-winning and breaking up the opponent’s attack.
The Sounders went 13-7-6 with Alonso in the lineup this year and 2-5-1 without him. That about says it all, I think.
Earlier this year, Alonso was named an MLS All-Star for the third consecutive season. He also became the first player in franchise history to log 110 starts, 120 appearances and 10,000 minutes.
Sounders FC Team MVPs
2009 — Kasey Keller
2010 — Osvaldo Alonso
2011 — Osvaldo Alonso
2012 — Osvaldo Alonso
2013 — Osvaldo Alonso