Player Profile: Leo Gonzalez

Steve Dykes

You picked the order and in at the tenth spot is a former Costa Rican national teamer.

When Leo Gonzalez got here he had speed, deft short passing that would spring Zakuani and was an alright defender. That's changed as he's aged and for the past two seasons due to injury and tactics he split time with the other left back while dabbling at some left mid and even centerback..

#10 - Leo Gonzalez
National Affiliation Costa Rica Age 32
Years Pro 13 Years Sounder 4
Position Defender Role Left Back, Left Mid, Centerback
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
19 15 1377 0 0 0.0
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
7 6 498 0 1 0.18
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
2 2 136 0 0 0.0
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
60.8 11th -1.18 17th 1.24 7th

Marc Burch played more all competitions competitive minutes than Gonzalez and did so fairly well. The two leg injuries may have hampered Leo's quest for playing time, but his role flexibility and changing to a more defensive minded option should help him in 2013.

Skills on offense: Still a good passer for a defender (best of Seattle's defense) he has started to lose some of the spark that he showed in his first full season. Not the best crosser, his work is better done in classic small triangles. Occasionally can unleash a decent long range shot, but not going to put up offensive numbers.

Skills on defense: One of the best Sounders at one-on-one man-on defense he can be beat by speed. His tactical awareness is strong with speedy right mids rarely getting released past Gonzalez. Not a great set-play defender for his size. Leo is willing to get physical in the run of play, sometimes bordering on the rash.

Best Case in 2013: Health. As Leo's aged his propensity to get injured is increasing. This is also fairly normal. When healthy he should get the majority of starts and his defensive strength will be needed as Zakuani and Martinez get more time on the left wing.

2012 Player Profiles
9 ?? 10 Leo Gonzalez
11 Adam Johansson 12 David Estrada
13 Zach Scott 14 Patrick Ianni
15 Andy Rose 16 Marc Burch
17 Alex Caskey 18 Mario Martinez
19 Steve Zakuani 20 Sammy Ochoa
21 Alvaro Fernandez 22 Servando Carrasco
23 Cordell Cato 24 Roger Levesque
25 Bryan Meredith 26 Mike Seamon
27 Marcus Hahnemann 28 Andrew Weber
29 Josh Ford 30 Christian Sivebaek
31 Andrew Duran 32 Daniel Steres
33 Michael Tetteh 34 Babayele Sodade
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