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Alonso picked as inactive All-Star, more

We got a chance to talk to Alonso after training:

"Pretty great," he said. "I hear the news this morning. I’m happy to be on the All-Star team; always good for my career."

On if he wishes he were playing: No. Maybe I go to dinner with my family to celebrate.

On the honor of being voted in my MLS players: Always great, you know. Even if you’re not going to play, always being an all star is good for any player in any sport.

And from Schmid: "I think obviously his injury this year and maybe a little bit of missed time on the field hurt maybe hurt him in that final selection. … This wasn’t a year that he got picked for the squad that plays, but he still got picked as an all-star."

Meanwhile, here's the release from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been named an inactive MLS All-Star, MLS announced today.

Earning his third All-Star selection in his five-year MLS career, Alonso, 27, has started all 12 of his appearances in 2013 and recorded an assist against Dallas on May 18. Alonso played 56 minutes in a 3-2 win over Chelsea in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game.

Each year, a minimum of 32 players are named All-Stars and today MLS announced the final 10: Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls), George John (FC Dallas), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers), Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Juninho (LA Galaxy), Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake).Sounders FC will host FC Dallas on Saturday evening. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

... and the news from the league:

Ten players were today named as MLS All-Stars, completing the 32-player squad selected for this year. These players were selected through voting by MLS players. Known as the “inactive roster”, a minimum of 32 players are named annually per the League’s collective bargaining agreement. Named as MLS All-Stars for 2013: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), George John (FC Dallas), Juninho (LA Galaxy), Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls), Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers). In addition to the 20-man gameday roster, two players originally announced to the All-Star team were replaced due to injury and are on the inactive roster: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) and Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy).
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