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 By Matt Pentz

Seattle Sounders rule out midfielder Osvaldo Alonso for MLS Cup final

TORONTO -- Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been ruled out of this weekend's MLS Cup final after failing a fitness test on Thursday afternoon, reports.

Alonso suffered a strained quad in September that he has been dealing with ever since. He made a substitute appearance versus Vancouver in the Western Conference semifinals but has otherwise been sidelined throughout the playoff push.

In past years, the absence of Alonso has been a death blow for the Sounders, but...


Seattle Sounders lose Osvaldo Alonso, Roman Torres to injury vs. Whitecaps

Clint Dempsey was on the scoresheet as Seattle downed Vancouver 3-0.

The Seattle Sounders lost Osvaldo Alonso and Roman Torres to injury in the team's 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday.

Midfielder Alonso and center-back Torres were subbed off in the second half of the match.

Alonso has been diagnosed with a quadriceps strain, while Torres is believed to have a knee or groin problem.

"They're tough kids," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said after the match. "It'll be day-to-day on Roman.

"Ozzie has a strained quad, but what he proved last year...


Sounders' Ozzie Alonso on reputation: 'I don't care what people say about me'

Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso says he won't change his ways after being named as the player most known for "crossing the line with his behavior" in an ESPN FC survey.

In the poll revealed on Tuesday, 25 percent of 140 players asked on the condition of anonymity said Alonso had the worst reputation in the league.

But the Sounders captain shrugged off the results when asked about it after practice this week.

"I don't care what people say about me," he told reporters. "I play my game...


MLS players: Seattle's Alonso 'crosses the line' most, ahead of Felipe, Jones

Major League Soccer: Osvaldo Alonso (63') Seattle Sounders 0-0 Houston Dynamo

A survey of MLS players says the Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso has the biggest reputation for crossing the line with his behavior on the field.

Alonso was by far the most popular choice in ESPN FC's poll, with answers given on the condition of anonymity. The 31-year-old was named by 25 percent of 140 current MLS players, representing 21 teams. New York City FC declined to participate.

"He gets a lot of yellow cards," one player said. "He may not be the dirtiest, but he hacks away at people."


 By Jason Davis

Altidore, Morris top list of key players for Toronto and Seattle in MLS Cup

Jozy Altidore's best highlights in Major League Soccer.

The 2016 MLS Cup marquee barely has room for all of the names that deserve a place of prominence on it. Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders bring a wealth of talent to the game, thanks in large part to the willingness of their respective owners to spend big money in the quest for a title.

But the names aren't on the metaphorical marquee just because they're highly paid. These two teams have stars who have delivered, both in the regular season and throughout the playoffs. Nearly every player who...

 By Arch Bell

Five reasons why the Seattle Sounders will beat Toronto FC in MLS Cup

With Saturday's MLS Cup tilt between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC now just days away, ESPN FC takes a look at five reasons why Seattle will take home the championship.

1. Lodeiro leads the way

He has only been in Major League Soccer for a few months, but Nicolas Lodeiro has quickly risen to the top as one of the league's best players. The Uruguayan playmaker sets Seattle's table and his inch-perfect crosses into the area will pose problems for the Toronto FC defense. There is no denying the...