Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso leads the league in passing accuracy, and the 28-year-old has delivered on his designated player tag by being the best on the ball this season.
The tough-tackling Cuban has completed an impressive 91.1% of his passes this season, according to WhoScored.com, and that number is the best in Major League Soccer, with LA Galaxy’s Juninho his closest rival with 89.6% pass accuracy.
Alonso’s accuracy is made even more impressive by the fact that he has completed the second-highest number of passes per game on average this season.
He has made 66.6 passes per game, an amount only bettered by Columbus Crew midfielder Will Trapp, who has made an average of 67.4.
The Sounders have enjoyed a very good season so far, and they will be looking to clinch the Supporters Shield when they face LA Galaxy once again on Saturday night.
Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins take most of the plaudits for their impressive displays in the final third, but Alonso’s consistency has allowed those players to go about their business on a weekly basis.
Alonso will need to stay as solid with the ball if the Sounders are to have a chance at winning their first MLS Cup, and they are expected to go far in the playoffs after an exciting season so far.
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