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Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso training at West Ham

Dec 18, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

Osvaldo Alonso, Luis Noriega

Osvaldo Alonso’s Premier League ambitions have now taken him to West Ham in London’s eastern reaches, apparently.

The Original Winger posted pictures of Alonso in West Ham colors and in training this morning.

Alonso trained two years ago with Everton, but nothing came of the partnership.

Meanwhile, he went right on about his business of making the center of the field a notably less comfortable place for Seattle Sounders’ opposition. Alonso is Major League Soccer’s best ball winner in midfield, and the former Cuban international keeps up his end on the attack, as well.

He has never hid his desire to try life in the English Premier League, and at age 27 the time would appear right.

Alonso is under contract to Seattle through 2014.

  1. charliej11 - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    One thing about the timing being right. He is under contract to the Sounders until 2014.

    I really doubt the lower level EPL teams can afford him. It is just part of his charity work, he will show them how to play soccer in the offseason. For the pleasure of watching him, they will pay him…just like I do every Saturday.

  2. arbeck - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I think it would be very difficult for Alonso to get a UK work permit.

    • mvktr2 - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      I agree, the only caveat being his situation is quite unique being a defector and yet seemingly unavailable to play for the USMNT anytime soon… sort of limbo.

      Btw, why so hard ot get a work permit in the UK for something as specialized as soccer? It’s not like he or others would be going there to run a printing press, wash cars, become a police officer, or work on an assembly line.

  3. digbysellers - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I like a nice ham sandwich. Got a work permit for it and everything.

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