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.