The Seattle Sounders on Tuesday signed Alonso to a multi-year deal that will make the 28-year-old holding midfielder a designated player. Recently named the team's MVP for the fourth straight year, Alonso had a salary of $210,000 last season.
The Cuba native, who defected in 2007 and is now a U.S. citizen, is a three-time All-Star and was named to the 2012 MLS Best XI. Known for his hard tackling and savvy distribution, Alonso started 26 regular-season contests in 2013, as well as three playoff matches.
Alonso's deal makes him the fourth designated player on Seattle's roster, putting the Sounders over the three-player limit. In addition to Alonso, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Mauro Rosales, the club also has Fredy Montero on loan to Sporting Lisbon, and leading scorer Eddie Johnson has publicly advocated for a raise from his $150,000 base salary.