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Alonso reacts to new Sounders contract; says DP status will be a challenge

Here are some club-provided quotes from Osvaldo Alonso, after signing a new contract making him a Sounders designated player:

On signing a new contract: “For me, it was a good thing that Seattle gave to me and I hope to pay them back and keep playing like I did the last couple of years.”

On having stability after starting his career with so much uncertainty: “I look back on six years and I can’t imagine this has happened to me – playing professionally and being a citizen in the United States. For me, it’s unbelievable. Playing here, being in Seattle with the fans. When I look back to when I defected and to be playing right now, it’s amazing for me. I never imagined it would be like it is now.”

On how his new contract compares to other moments in his life: “This contract is different. I have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders now. I have to keep going and play my game and play the best for the team. Signing this contract is going to be a good challenge for me.”