HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on April 9, 2019.
Leyva is a central midfielder who can play any three of the central midfield positions and leave his mark on the game. He impressed the Sounders coaches in the 2019 preseason and is the youngest signing in Sounders' history.
INTERNATIONAL: Leyva has represented the United States at the U-15 and U-16 levels. On several occasions, the midfielder captained the U-16s for a series of friendlies. The Las Vegas native scored a goal from a corner kick in a 1-0 win over Italy in the 2018 Torneo Delle Nazioni, where he played in matches against Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Japan as the U.S. finished in third place. Leyva was recently named to the final U.S. U-17 roster ahead of the 2019 Concacaf Championship, which serves as the qualifying event for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The midfielder was one of two players born in 2003 to be included at the camp.