This just in from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been named to the 2012 MLS Best XI, it was announced today by Commissioner Don Garber. The Best XI recognizes the League’s top 11 players on the field – one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards.
Garber disclosed the Best XI during his annual State of the League address. Alonso earned his first Best XI honors along with seven other players, and Sporting Kansas City led all teams with four players selected.
Alonso, 27, continued to cement himself as the league’s top defensive midfielder this season. The tenacious ballwinnner helped anchor one of the league’s top defenses, which allowed the second-fewest goals in MLS (33), the second-fewest shots on goal (122) and recorded the third-most shutouts (12). With 2,688 minutes played, Alonso led all Seattle field players for the second consecutive season. He also scored one goal and two assists in league play, and added four goals and three assists in outside competitions.
“I’m feeling so good,” said Alonso. “I think I did a good job this year playing for my team, being an All-Star and now Best XI, so I’m feeling happy and I enjoy this moment.” Read more »