Lewis Neal

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Lewis Neal
Personal information
Full name Lewis Ryan Neal
Date of birth (1981-07-14) 14 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Orlando City SC
Youth career
1998–2000 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Stoke City 70 (2)
2001 ÍBV (loan) 5 (1)
2005–2009 Preston North End 65 (5)
2008 Notts County (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Carlisle United 16 (2)
2009–2011 Shrewsbury Town 31 (2)
2011 Orlando City (USL) 21 (4)
2012–2014 D.C. United 53 (2)
2015– Orlando City 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 3, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lewis Ryan Neal (born 14 July 1981 in Leicester) is an English professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Neal started his career at Stoke City, making his debut in the Football League Trophy on 6 December 2000 against Scarborough. He played 70 league games and scored 2 goals for Stoke before signing for Preston North End in 2005 in a player swap deal for Marlon Broomes.

On 31 October 2008, Neal signed a month-long loan deal with Notts County,[1] and made his debut at home to Bury.

After playing 65 league games for Preston, Neal was allowed to join Carlisle United on 30 January 2009, after agreeing to a termination package. He signed a contract to the end of the season.[2] He made his Carlisle debut in the 1–1 home draw against Walsall, but at the end of the season manager Greg Abbott decided to release him.

A day after his contract expired with Carlisle on 2 July 2009, Neal signed a two-year contract with League Two club Shrewsbury Town.[3]

On 22 January 2011, he was released by Shrewsbury Town, by mutual consent. He moved to the United States and entered training camp with Orlando City Soccer Club of the USL Pro league, the third tier of US Soccer. He scored the team's first ever goal on 19 February in a friendly against Philadelphia Union.[4] Lewis signed with Orlando on 21 March 2011.[5]

In early 2012, Neal was on trial with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer but was not offered a contract.[6] He signed into the league with D.C. United on 13 March 2012.[7]

After three years with D.C., Neal returned to Florida when he was selected by Orlando City SC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft.

Personal[edit]

In addition to playing professionally, in his spare time, Neal coaches football to aspiring players in Ashburn, Virginia.[8]

Neal earned his U.S. green card in February 2013.[9] This status qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 November 2014[10]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2000–01 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2001–02 Second Division 11 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 14 1
2002–03 First Division 16 0 3 0 0 0 19 0
2003–04 First Division 19 1 1 0 2 0 22 1
2004–05 Championship 23 1 0 0 1 0 24 1
Total 70 2 6 0 3 0 3 1 82 3
ÍBV (loan) 2001 Úrvalsdeild 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Preston North End 2005–06 Championship 24 2 4 0 1 0 29 2
2006–07 Championship 24 1 2 0 0 0 26 1
2007–08 Championship 17 2 1 0 0 0 18 2
Total 65 5 7 0 1 0 0 0 73 5
Notts County (loan) 2008–09 League Two 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Carlisle United 2008–09 League One 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Total 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Shrewsbury Town 2009–10 League Two 29 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 31 2
2010–11 League Two 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 5 0
Total 31 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 36 2
Orlando City 2011 USL Pro 24 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 6
Total 24 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 6
D.C. United 2012 Major League Soccer 22 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 2
2013 Major League Soccer 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2014 Major League Soccer 27 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
Total 58 2 4 0 0 0 3 0 65 2
Career Total 246 19 21 0 5 0 9 1 308 20
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy and CONCACAF Champions League.

Honours[edit]

Orlando City
D.C. United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magpies swoop for Neal loan deal". BBC Sport. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Winger Neal makes Carlisle switch". BBC Sport. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Shrewsbury complete Neal signing". BBC Sport. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Orlando City Soccer Club: News. Orlandocitysoccer.com.
  5. ^ Orlando City Signs English Championship Veteran – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News. OurSports Central (21 March 2011).
  6. ^ Team Building Exercises With Garth Lagerway. Theshinguardian.com.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ https://www.coachup.com/coaches/lewisn
  9. ^ Goff, Steven (February 22, 2013). "D.C. United news & notes". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lewis Neal". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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