A flurry of Sounders FC activity continued Monday as the team announced it has re-signed defender Leo Gonzalez.
The 33-year-old Costa Rican was voted Seattle’s Defender of the Year after this past season. Per MLS and team policy, terms were not disclosed, but it looks to be a one-year deal for the veteran left-back.
“Leo had an outstanding season in 2013, and we are happy to reward him with a new contract for the 2014 season,” said Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager in a news release.
Gonzalez joined the Sounders midway through the 2009 season and his 98 league appearances are fifth-most in team history. His 27 starts this past season matched a career high, including a team-high 20 in a row from April 13 to Aug. 31.
The Sounders went 14-9-4 in 2013 with the Costa Rican in the lineup, averaging 1.04 goals allowed per game, and 1-3-3 when with him out, averaging two goals allowed per game.
In his MLS career, Gonzalez has three assists — one of which came in a May 4 game at Philadelphia — and one goal. He is one of seven Sounders on the team who was here for the inaugural season.