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1. Osvaldo Alonso signed with Minnesota United after 10 seasons with the Seattle Sounders, whom he joined for their first MLS season in 2009. Alonso was a free agent, but he needed to go through waivers to allow Minnesota United to offer him the salary he wanted to clinch the deal. The Cuban is a four-time MLS all-star and 2012 MLS Best XI pick and considered one of the best central midfielders in league history. He will give the Loons a big boost in midfield, where they have also acquired Slovakian Jan Gregus from FC Copenhagen.

2. The Portland Timbers and defender Liam Ridgewell have mutually agreed to part ways. Timbers owner Merritt Paulson described Ridgewell's signing in 2014 as one of the most important and influential signings in the club's history. Ridgewell captained the 2015 MLS championship team and started on the 2018 team that also reached MLS Cup -- in the latter case after a rocky start to the season with new coach Giovanni Savarese. The timing of his departure will allow him to seek out an English club in need of help for the second half of the season.

3. Orlando City, which needs reinforcements at center back, signed 27-year-old Alex De John, who spent the last six years playing in Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Old Dominion product played for Start in Norway, TPS and Ekenas in Finland and most recently Dalkurd FF in Sweden.
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