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MLS Video: Osvaldo Alonso - From Cuban defector to MLS star

Osvaldo Alonso

Seattle Sounders’ Osvaldo Alonso crouches on the pitch after the Sounders played to a 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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For a kid in Cuba with a gift for soccer, everything changed when he took a trip with his team to the United States, and never went back.

Now, with a family, American citizenship, and a job playing his lifelong passion, Osvaldo Alonso is living his dream with the Seattle Sounders.

Will he get a shot to play for the USMNT? That’s for the Cuban federation to decide. But for now, the defensive midfielder continues to ply his trade in the middle of the CenturyLink Field pitch, dispossessing opposing players with great precision.