Wait a minute! WHO is almost leading U.S. Open Cup scoring?

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Want more evidence of how valuable Osvaldo Alonso is to the Seattle Sounders?

Check out the list of scorers, and consider that he has a chance to become the goals leader of the entire 2012 tournament.

  • 5 – Brian Shriver (Carolina RailHawks)
  • 4 – Danny Barrera (Cal FC)
  • 4 – Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC)
  • 4 – Francisco Lopez (Ventura County Fusion)
  • 3 – Artur Aghasyan (Cal FC)
  • 3 – Nate Thornton (Charlotte Eagles)
  • 3 – Aly Hassan (Fort Lauderdale Strikers)
  • 3 – Brian Ombiji (Harrisburg City Islanders)
  • 3 – Sainey Touray (Harrisburg City Islanders)
  • 3 – Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union)
  • 3 – Sammy Ochoa (Seattle Sounders FC)
  • 2 – 28 players tied*

On the one hand, U.S. Open Cup play has always brought out the best from the Cuban defector, going back to his days with the Charleston Battery and a do-all night as his second-tier side battle D.C. United in the 2008 final at RFK Stadium.

On the other hand, the man is a holding midfielder for Pete’s sake! Holding mids don’t challenge to lead in scoring – not in any competition.

Tomorrow’s final from Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle, begins at 8 p.m. CT, live on GolTV.