November 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm #30132
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Reports surfaced Wednesday linking FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC with Seattle Sounders captain Ozzie Alonso. The 33-year-old Cuban midfielder has been with Seattle since 2009 but is set to enter free agency this offseason.
Is Alonso a good fit for FC Cincinnati and can they land him?
— Niko Moreno (@ELROLONW) November 21, 2018
Here are some good resources on the player to inform your comments:
Osvaldo Alonso is Sounders latest captain to enter Free Agency – Sounder at Heart – information-rich article with information on the player’s background and free agency situation
Osvaldo Alonso – Player Profile – Seattle Sounders – detailed year by year details of Alonso’s career from the Sounders official site
Osvaldo Alonso – Player Profile 2018 – Transfermarkt – independent player profile providing current market value
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Alonso has had a great MLS career, one of the best MF in the league for a long time…his experience and understanding of the league could be quite influential for FCC’s first year in the MLS.
However, I would pass due to his age, recent injuries and likely impact to the team’s cap.November 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm #30143
The prospect of Alonso and Alashe at the base of FC Cincinnati’s midfield is tasty, and Koch definitely likes his 4-2-3-1 and defensive midfielders. Alonso’s a leader, a former captain, and a former DP, so he fits the character and experience mold that Koch likes. Personally, I love the fact that he’s a former USL and Charleston Battery player that made his way to the top in MLS. There’s a lot to like. There are some question marks as well though, age and his injury track record in particular. It wouldn’t be a long-term acquisition, probably 1-2 years at the most. But he’d be a great guy that’s won everything in MLS to lead the locker-room for our first MLS season.
Like most things, it comes down to cost, but I would probably do it if I were Koch/Sassano if they price is right. You’re paying a premium for leadership over a short-term time horizon, but I think its worth it.