HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Saprissa and signed on September 6, 2019.
Leal is a young attacking player who is most comfortable on the left side. He should be a key cog for Nashville SC in the inaugural MLS season.
INTERNATIONAL: Leal has become one of the elite young players in CONCACAF. Since making his national team debut with Costa Rica on Sep. 7, 2018, almost a year ago to date, the quick and crafty dribbler has accumulated 11 caps as he helped Costa Rica reach the Quarterfinals of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
OUTSIDE MLS: Currently playing as a left winger for Saprissa, the versatile midfielder has found success in both flanks of the field as well as in playing centrally. In 38 appearances in all competitions for the club since joining in Aug. 2018, Leal has contributed with six goals and six assists. An energetic and tenacious playmaker, Leal made his professional debut with Costa Rica’s First Division side Belén F.C. in Oct. 2013 at age 16, scoring his first goal just a few months later in Jan. 2014. He participated in a total of four goals in 23 matches (1 goal, 2 assists), before moving on to Belgium in 2015 where he played in 19 matches for KV Mechelen.