Leo Gonzalez is once and always a Sounder.
Rank: 18 | Age: 35 | Starts: 11 | Appearances: 19 for 921 minutes | Bench: 17 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 0
all comps, 1st team
Now mostly a stay-at-home left back it was of course the year that Leo scored.
Still a decent crosser, he lacks the speed to get forward too often. Strong understanding of space, probably the best among Seattle's outside backs. On set-pieces he should pick up scrap and put it back into the mixer.
By 2016 Gonzalez was a strong stand-up defender who used the endline and toucline as defensive help. He is a master of marshaling an attacking player into places without opportunity. Can be beaten by speed, but is wise and reads space quite well. Can occupy many roles in set-piece situations.
Leo's body wore out. He no longer had the speed that was a part of his game in his early years here. He is solid, and unlike flashier options at fullback will use his body mass to manage his opponent. Not a good leaper.
Best Case 2016:
With his original club Gonzalez could earn a spot back in the CONCACAF Champions League. He has the opportunity to remind home that it is possible to go there and back again.
Bye Leo, I'll miss you.