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Leo Gonzalez would retire rather than play for another MLS team

The left back tells a Costa Rican site that he wants to play for Sounders or Herediano.

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When news of option declines came down there were two long-time Seattle Sounders on the list. Zach Scott's future is still unknown, but Leo Gonzalez indicated his future plans are to play in Seattle or at Herediano in Costa Rica. Herediano was the club that he grew through and where he was playing when he eventually earned caps with the Costa Rica National Team.

Gonzalez was quite clear that he would not play elsewhere in MLS. At 35 and with children he does not want to move around the United States chasing a final contract.

Leo tells the Nacion reporter that he understands the Sounders' age issues and the decision they made. He repeatedly indicates that the quality of life for he and his family are a large part of why Seattle became a second home for him.

The left back played 186 competitive matches for the Sounders after a 10-year stay with perennial Costa Rican power Herediano. Twice he was able to play against his first club while wearing Rave Green.

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