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MLS: Sounders trade for Lamar Neagle

Goodbye, nation’s capital, hello hometown.

Lamar Neagle is back in his hometown, after being traded from D.C. United to the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders sent D.C. United their fourth-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

“Lamar has been a very good player for us in the past and has contributed a lot to this club, on and off the field,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “On top of that, he is a great character guy with a longstanding connection to this community. We’re very pleased to bring him home.”

Neagle, who is originally from Federal Way, Washington, featured for D.C. United since 2016. He made 53 appearances, starting 30 matches for D.C. United in two seasons. In addition, he scored nine goals last season, and only one this year.

“We wish Lamar the best as he returns to his hometown and thank him for his service to the club,” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said.

Neagle featured for the Sounders back in 2009 and 2011. In 2009, he didn’t make any appearances, but in 2011 he made 23 appearances, including nine starts. He scored five goals and provided two assists during his first stint back home.

He had another stint with the Sounders from 2013-15. In three seasons, Neagle made 93 appearances, starting 77 matches. Neagle scored 21 goals and provided 15 assists.

In between his two stints with Seattle, Neagle featured for the Montreal Impact in 2012, making 23 appearances and scoring two goals. He also provided two assists and started nine matches.

“[I have missed] just being around family and playing for [my] hometown,” Neagle said. “That’s pretty special.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Lamar back to Seattle as we hit the home-stretch of the 2017 season,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He’s a good, veteran player with an extensive history with our club, and he gives us another solid option in the attack going forward.”

“Lamar is a player who has produced for us in the past and can contribute at multiple positions,” said Sounders FC Vice President of Soccer & Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “It’s always nice to welcome back a former Sounder, especially a local product that has such a positive history with the club.”

Sounders go Spanish

In addition to Neagle, last week the Sounders announced the signing of Víctor Rodríguez, a Spanish winger.

The Spaniard most recently starred for Sporting de Gijón, located in Spain, totaling 25 appearances and scoring two goals. He started his career in 2008 with CF Badalona, also located in Spain. He remained there until 2012, making 85 appearances and scoring eight goals.

“From a coaching perspective, adding a player of Víctor’s quality only helps to improve our team at a critical juncture in our season,” said Schmetzer. “We are excited to get him into training quickly and onboard him with his new teammates. We have some critical games on the horizon, and Víctor’s abilities and experience are welcome assets to our club.”

“[Rodríguez] is a player Chris Henderson has scouted for almost two years now,” Lagerwey said. “He’s seen him multiple times live and I want to give Chris a lot of credit because he really was dogged about this one. He had never been available and suddenly he was available and popped up and we thought, ‘Well, OK this is a guy we’ve been tracking for a while and are pretty excited about.’”

“What we really want for the second half of the season is stability and good consistent options,” Lagerwey said. “As a GM, I want to give my coaching staff options. By signing Víctor, we give our coaching staff some more options. He’s a guy we made an investment in and who we think can have a bright future for us.”

Joevin, out – after the season

Furthermore, the Sounders also announced that Joevin Jones will depart from the club at the end of the MLS season and possible post season for the Sounders.

Jones, who features internationally for Trinidad & Tobago, has signed with Bundesliga 2 club SV Darmstadt.

“Joevin is a good pro,” Schmetzer said. “He has a lot of credibility within the group, not just because he is a good player, but he is a good team player, a good guy. I expect him, as long as he is here, to do exactly what the team needs to win games. And he has proven that the two years he has been here.”

“I am going to be disappointed to lose him,” Schmetzer continued. “He has been a tremendous player and was a big part of our MLS Cup run. His growth as a player has taken off here in Seattle and has given him opportunities…Hopefully it’s a good deal for him, and me, personally, I am going to miss him.”

Jones first signed with Seattle in 2016, and has since made 55 appearances, starting 50 matches. The defender has scored once this season, and did so twice last year. Jones has totaled 10 assists already this season, and had three last season.

In the postseason last year, Jones started all six of the Sounders matches, totaling three assists in 563 minutes.

“When we signed Joevin, we were comfortable with a potential 18-month engagement because we thought he could help us win a title. He did that. We have had return on that investment,” Lagerwey said. “Can Nouhou help us down the road? Yeah, but the better guy is going to play [for the remainder of the season]. Nothing is assured for anybody. Our goal is one thing, very simple: to defend our title.”

“We had conversations with him about securing [a contract extension], but ultimately Joevin chose to go to Germany,” Lagerwey said. “Long pre-dating me, to when Adrian Hanauer was the general manager here, we have had a sterling reputation of honoring our players’ wishes and being a participant in the international marketplace. It’s certainly exciting to add players, but the reality is we will also have players go out the other way. If anything, when we have players leave we want them to do well.”


Photo of Lamar Neagle courtesy of the Seattle Sounders official Twitter page.

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