Sounders sign M Alonso

RENTON, WASHINGTON (TICKER) —The Seattle Sounders on Tuesday signed midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who was the Rookie of the Year in the United Soccer League’s First Division last season.

The Sounders acquired Alonso’s rights from the Charleston Battery of USL-1.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the club’s official roster upon the arrival of his transfer documents.

Alonso, 23, started 31 games for the Charleston Battery last summer, scoring four goals and adding two assists. He also scored two goals in Open Cup play and another in the USL postseason.

“It’s great to get a player like Alonso,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “As a technical central midfielder, he’s very good with the ball, a clever passer and he’s coming off a very successful USL season.”

Updated Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009