Smith-Cotton graduate and two-time all-state boys soccer selection Eduardo Alonso signed a letter of intent May 15 to play soccer at Metropolitan Community College.
According to a press release, MCC soccer coach David Owens recruited six players affiliated with Kansas City’s Alliance Futbol Club, where Alonso was coached by Brian Budzinski. On the same day he signed with the Wolves, the release said, Alonso acquired U.S. citizenship.
Tigers head coach Ethan Weller said is pleased to see such support for Alonso, known by teammates at S-C as “Lalo.”
“Several people have been going to bat for Lalo,” Weller said. “There’s no doubt that several people see the amount of talent he has, the passion he has for the game, and are trying to make sure he has a chance to continue that.”
Alonso earned Class 3 All-State honors last season and landed on the Class 4 team in 2017.
Weller said Alonso practiced with an intensity that helped improve the entire Smith-Cotton boys soccer program.
“We try to preach to the kids to practice the way you play, and he was one of the few who truly did that,” Weller said. “And that helped everyone else follow along.
“Really, the last five years has helped bring back some meaning to the word Smith-Cotton.”
Competing in Region 16, the Wolves are currently scheduled to host State Fair Community College 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 and travel to Clover Dell Park for a 7 p.m. start Tuesday, Sept. 24.
At Smith-Cotton, Alonso combined a soft-spoken demeanor with explosive flanking speed and animated displays of emotion. Weller said the newly-signed MCC Wolf also provided a sense of humor as deft as his scoring prowess.
“He was silently funny,” Weller said. “He was always being funny in subtle way. If you weren’t watching, you wouldn’t catch it.”
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