We got a chance to catch up with Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso on Thursday. It was my first opportunity to hear from him after he earned a big raise and became a designated player in the offseason.
So how does it feel?
“I’m very happy for the team giving me the new contract, the DP contract, but I have to play the same,” Alonso said. “It’s a contract, you know? I try to play my best every time I step on the field and give the best for my team. That’s the most important thing for me.”
I asked him if he felt the raise was overdue, especially considering he’s been the team MVP the past four seasons. Alonso said he wasn’t thinking that way.
“I’m focused now on playing my game, like I’ve done every year,” he said. “It happened this year, so I don’t care if it happened a couple years ago or now — it happened now.”
Coach Sigi Schmid was asked after Thursday’s practice if Alonso might be affected by the new status.
“For Ozzie, I think he’s worked very hard and played hard for us, was MVP for us for a number of years and deserves the promotion to a DP,” Schmid said. “I think he’s got the shoulders; they’re broad enough to deal with it.”