Leonardo Gonzalez

Leonardo Gonzalez
Leonardo Gonzalez
Leonardo Gonzalez
Seattle Sounders FC
Real Name: Leonardo Gonzalez
HT: 6' 1" WT: 174
Age: 34 (11/21/1980)
Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica


  • Voted 2013 Sounders FC Defender of the Year
  • Capped 60 times and played in 2006 FIFA World Cup for Costa Rica
  • Coach Sigi Schmid: “Leo can play left back, play center back in a pinch, and he can also play wide and run the whole line for us. He is an attacking left fullback with good size and athleticism.”

MLS Experience

2013:Voted 2013 Sounders FC Defender of the Year by his teammates. Started all 27 of his appearances, matching career-highs set in 2010, and finished fourth on the club with 2,318 minutes. Team was 14-9-4 with a 1.00 goals against average with Gonzalez in the lineup, as opposed to 1-3-3 with a 2.14 GAA without. Recorded lone assist of season in 2-2 draw at PHI (5/4) when he found Mauro Rosales for his first goal of the season. Made a team-high 20 straight starts from April 13 to August 31. Tied-second on the team with 33 starts across all competitions and third among field players with 2,852 minutes.

2012: Appeared in 19 league games with 15 starts, helping a defense that ranked second in MLS with a 0.97 goals against average. Lone assist of 2012 came in the first game, a 2-1 win vs. Santos Laguna (3/7) in the CCL quarterfinals. Played in 597 straight minutes towards the end of the season from 8/25-10/7 before suffering a calf injury that kept him out the rest of the season. Made 26 appearances and 21 starts across all competitions.

2011: Made 14 appearances and started 12 games at left back. Recorded second career assist on his first corner kick of the season vs. NY (6/23). Played full 90 minutes in both MLS Cup Playoff games. Game-winning assist in CCL match vs. San Francisco FC (8/3). For the first time, he returned to Costa Rica to play against his former team at CS Herediano (9/14). 25 appearances and 22 starts across all competitions.

2010: Started 27 games and played 90 minutes in 22, logging 2347 minutes. Scored first MLS goal, the game-winner, vs. NE (6/5). Also recorded first MLS assist vs. NE (6/5). Missed match at COL (7/25) due to yellow card accumulation and missed game vs. CHI (8/28) with red card suspension. Led team with 6 cautions.

2009: Joined Seattle following 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and became fixture at left back. Started all 13 appearances, including both playoff legs vs. HOU (10/29, 11/8). Made debut vs. FC Barcelona in friendly (8/5). Played 81 minutes in first league appearance at RSL (8/8). Played full 90 minutes in U.S. Open Cup Final 2-1 win at DC (9/2).

Other Professional Experience

2009: Transferred in 2009 to Municipal Liberia and made four appearances en route to the first division title before signing with Seattle.

2000-2009: Started club career in 2000 for CS Herediano, making 154 appearances and scoring three goals over nine seasons.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2014Seattle Sounders FC23200183602130130
2013Seattle Sounders FC27270231817038041
2012Seattle Sounders FC19150137702024030
2011Seattle Sounders FC14120106914122150
2010Seattle Sounders FC27271234715240061
2009Seattle Sounders FC111109790009310
Career Totals-1211121992632041635222
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