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Seattle Sounders rule out midfielder Osvaldo Alonso for MLS Cup final

Seattle Sounders rule out midfielder Osvaldo Alonso for MLS Cup final
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

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, MLSsoccer.comreports.

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 thanks to the emergence of third-year midfielder Cristian Roldan and the solidity of Gustav Svensson, Seattle has been able to soldier on to a second straight Cup final even without the influential Cuban.

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