Galaxy defender Leonardo out for season

The Galaxy confirmed today that Brazilian central defender Leonardo is out for the season with torn lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, according to Daily Breeze reporter Phil Collin who attended practice in Carson.

Leonardo, one of two players to play all 90 minutes in the Galaxy’s seven games this season, is tentatively slated to have surgery next week.

The news was not unexpected with Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena saying after Sunday’s game in Chicago against the Fire that he expected Leonardo’s injury was serious and would likely end his season.

Leonardo sustained the injury in second half stoppage time after colliding with the Fire’s Patrick Nyarko.

Leonardo’s absence won’t be keenly felt by many of the club’s fans, however.

Leonardo has come in for repeated criticism for a series of defensive errors including Sunday’s game against the Fire when he was largely responsible for Chicago’s goal in the 2-1 victory.

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  • Studs Up

    You all don’t know what the %$#& you are talking about re Leonardo. He did have his worst outing because Cardoso and Stephens did not play defense at all and we all know of Omar’s tracking abilities in the middle. Also to blame is Arena for playing him for 3 games straight.

    He is the only player who can work the ball on the ground from the back. His loss is a big one. If you want to rag on anyone write up glorious commentary on Frankie’s pathetic return to Hollywood.

  • Soccer Fan

    This just in via Tom Payne’s twitter:

    I expect to have a couple of big announcements this week and possibly another next week. Trying to get things finalized as we speak!!

    Any ideas on who we might be playing? MLS Cup? Big signing?

  • Benny Dargle

    Doubt Payne is talking about a big signing. He sin’t usually the guy who takes the lead on those sort of things. Arena handles personnel. Payne is likely to announce an exhibition or hosting the MLS Cup.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Here’s what I think Tom Payne will be announcing:

    1. Galaxy will loan David Beckham to Brighton and Hove Albion for the rest of the English season.

    2. As part of the loan agreement, Galaxy will play a home friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion in July.

    3. Galaxy will embark on off-season tour of Eastern Europe, highlighted by friendly against Reaktor Chernobyl.