HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by the Galaxy on a permanent basis on February 7, 2012.
A three time MLS Cup Winner, Leonardo joined the Galaxy on loan in 2010, and made it permanent in 2012. He set career highs in both appearances, minutes, and starts in 2015, and if he matches them in 2016 he will have over 100 MLS appearances and starts to his name. The Brazilian admirably battled back from injuries in the early part of his MLS career to gradually grow into an influential MLS defender. He ranked 4th in the league with 134 interceptions in the 2015 season.
OUTSIDE MLS: He played for Sao Paulo of the Brazilian Campeonato after originally joining the club in 2001 at the age of 13. He was a member of Sao Paulo’s league championship team in 2008, despite not appearing in any games for the first team. Leonardo came through the youth ranks of the club, having played on the Sao Paulo team that won the Super Group of the 2007 Dallas Cup. In 2009, he was loaned out to Toledo in the First Division of the Brazilian Paraná Championship, playing alongside future Galaxy teammates Alex Cazumba and Juninho.
INTERNATIONAL: Leonardo has played for both the Brazilian U-16 and U-17 National Teams, joining the U-16’s twice during the summer of 2004 and then training with the U-17’s in November of that year.