HOW ACQUIRED: Selected in Stage Two of the 2016 Re-Entry Draft. Signed on January 4, 2017.
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, but has been injury prone throughout his career. He joins the Dynamo for the 2017 season trying to lock down a starting spot at center back.
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.