Lamar Neagle

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Lamar Neagle
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Personal information
Full name Lamar Justin Neagle
Date of birth (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Tacoma, Washington, United States
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger, Forward
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 27
Youth career
2005–2008 UNLV Rebels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Des Moines Menace 24 (6)
2009 Seattle Sounders FC 0 (0)
2010 Charleston Battery 19 (12)
2010 Mariehamn 5 (2)
2011 Seattle Sounders FC 23 (5)
2012 Montreal Impact 23 (2)
2013– Seattle Sounders FC 61 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 19, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lamar Justin Neagle (born May 7, 1987 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Neagle attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was a three-year starter and helped them to a 16-2-4 record and the State 4A championship as a senior. He also broke a 31-year-old school record by scoring six goals in one game as well as being Seattle Post-Intelligencer pick for High School All-Star Team during his senior year. As a youth, Neagle also played for the Norpoint Chivas soccer club located in Northeast Tacoma.[1]

Upon graduating high school, Neagle attended and played college soccer for the University of Nevada Las Vegas. At UNLV he played on the three-time first team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection, and played every game but one in his four-year career. He also led the team in goals scored his last two seasons with a total of 9 each year. During his senior year, Neagle was named second team All-Far-West Region 2008.[2]

During his college years he also played with Des Moines Menace of the USL Premier Development League, making 24 appearances and scoring six goals in his two years with the club.

Professional[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

Neagle was a pre-season trialist with the Seattle Sounders FC for two weeks in Southern California. During the trials, Neagle played in two games and had two assists. After graduating university, Neagle returned to train with the team on May 13, 2009.[1]

On June 10, 2009, the Sounders announced that Neagle had signed and been added to the official roster as a Senior Developmental player. Coach Sigi Schmid said, “It’s good to sign a local product to our team. Lamar’s got excellent speed and he’s a player who can play in a number of positions. He’s very comfortable on the flank and has played on the left side as well as the right. He will get a look from us as an outside player, either in midfield or at the back. ”[3] Neagle was the fourth player from Washington state to sign with the Sounders after Chris Eylander, Kevin Forrest, and Kasey Keller.

Neagle first appeared on the Seattle roster during the highly anticipated Portland Timbers game. Neagle was also on the team roster for the Houston Dynamo and Kansas City Wizards games but sat on the bench.[4] Neagle played in the Kitsap Pumas game which yielded a 6-0 victory.[5] Neagle made his unofficial debut with a friendly against Chelsea on 18 July 2009. When asked about playing against English Premier League team, Neagle responded “It’s kind of surreal. I grew up watching these guys play for Chelsea. You never think you’re going to get a chance to play against them. It was a great experience. Pretty intimidating, but it was fun.”[6]

Neagle was waived by Seattle on November 25, 2009, having never played a competitive first team game for the team.[7] he subsequently signed for Charleston Battery (who employ him as a forward) in the USL Second Division, and made his competitive professional debut on April 17, 2010 in a game against the Charlotte Eagles.[8]

In September 2010, following the conclusion of the 2010 USL2 season, Neagle transferred to IFK Mariehamn of the Finnish Veikkausliiga. After a successful preseason trial, Neagle was again signed by Seattle on March 2, 2011.[9]

In 2011, Neagle worked his way onto the pitch as a frequent sub and occasional starter for MLS matches, also playing important roles in US Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League tournaments. On August 27, 2011, Neagle netted the Sounders' first home hat-trick vs MLS East-leading Columbus Crew.

Montreal Impact[edit]

Neagle was traded to Montreal Impact on February 18, 2012 along with teammate Mike Fucito, in exchange for Eddie Johnson.[10]

After scoring his first goal for Montreal against his former club, Sounders FC. Neagle notched his second of the MLS campaign against the San Jose Earthquakes on August 18, 2012.

Return to the Sounders[edit]

On January 27, 2013, the Sounders traded an international roster spot to the Montreal Impact in order to acquire Neagle for his third stint with the team.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2007 Des Moines Menace USL Premier Development League 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
2008 11 2 0 0 0 0 11 2
2009 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Charleston Battery USL Second Division 19 12 4 1 1 1 24 14
Finland League Finnish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010 IFK Mariehamn Veikkausliiga 5 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer 23 5 3 1 2 1 7 0 35 7
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Montreal Impact Major League Soccer 23 2 1 0 0 0 24 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2013 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer 30 8 1 0 2 0 2 1 35 9
Total USA 86 25 7 2 5 2 9 1 118 40
Finland 5 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
Canada 23 2 1 0 0 0 24 2
Career total 124 29 8 2 5 2 9 1 148 44

Statistics accurate as of November 5, 2013

Personal[edit]

Lamar is the son of John Brown and Bridget Neagle and Frankie and Maria Lawson. He has five siblings named Shedrick, Jamaal, Tanisha, Daisia, and Jasmine.[2]

Honors[edit]

Charleston Battery[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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