The last remaining Brazilian is no longer with the Galaxy.
Defender Leonardo da Silva, one of a trio of Brazilians who thrived in LA alongside his Sao Paulo teammate Juninho and Alajuelense midfielder Marcelo Sarvas, has been selected by the Houston Dynamo with the first selection of the 2016 MLS Re-Entry draft stage 2.
Leonardo has spent the last seven years at the club, tallying 85 career regular-season appearances and winning three MLS Cups. The 28-year old center back was solid last year after replacing the departed Omar Gonzalez, even winning the Galaxy 2015 Defender of the Year Award.
However, with Jelle Van Damme’s arrival and the rise of Daniel Steres, Leonardo was limited to just four appearances this season.
The good news? An international spot just opened up for LA. Will the Galaxy continue with their off-season trend of searching for midfield talent? We shall see in the coming weeks.
Leonardo selected in 2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft
Former Galaxy center back heads to Houston after seven years in LA