Seattle Sounders FC announced Monday that defender Leo Gonzalez has re-signed with the club.
Gonzalez’s teammates voted him the club’s top defender of 2013 after a season in which 14 of Seattle’s 15 regular-season wins came with him in the starting lineup.
“Leo had an outstanding season in 2013, and we are happy to reward him with a new contract for the 2014 season,” general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a club press release.
Gonzalez, 33, has been with the club since its 2009 expansion season.
Gonzalez’s 98 appearances are fifth on the Sounders’ career list.
Gonzalez also has made 60 appearances with the Costa Rican national team, including three starts in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
In another personnel move earlier in the day, the Sounders signed goalkeeper Steve Clark and immediately traded him to Columbus for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.
Clark, 27, played the last four seasons in the Norwegian first division after a college career at Oakland University in Michigan and 2006-2009 with the Michigan Bucks of the Premier Development League.Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer @donruiztnt