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The best and the worst of Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso

Nov 19, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

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It was all there Sunday night, the very best and the very worst of Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso on display.

Never a dull moment with that guy, eh?

Alonso was in pedigree form during the 90 minute run-of-play against Los Angeles, a commanding presence, the ball-winning beast that we know – and then some. His passing and positioning were spot-on, as we talked about yesterday.

But there’s always the impulsive side that gets the Cuban-born fireball in hot water. It might manifest itself in a forearm delivered into someone’s ear or just overly aggressive fouling. Or it might be part of a tactical booboo, as we see sometimes when Alonso gets drawn out of the middle in haste to go make something happen.

Or … it might be losing his mind at the final whistle. Alonso could be in for more than a one-game suspension for Sunday’s post-game tirade against referee Mark Geiger. Geiger showed Alonso a second yellow, which means the Sounders most important midfielder will miss the 2013 MLS season opener.

Here’s the man in action – and the “bad” end of the Alonso spectrum, that is.

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