Neal playing for Orlando City B in 2016
|Full name||Lewis Ryan Neal|
|Date of birth||14 July 1981|
|Place of birth||Leicester, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Orlando City B|
|2001||→ ÍBV (loan)||5||(1)|
|2005–2009||Preston North End||65||(5)|
|2008||→ Notts County (loan)||4||(0)|
|2016–||Orlando City B||46||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 24, 2017.
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.
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. 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.
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. Lewis signed with Orlando on 21 March 2011.
In early 2012, Neal was on trial with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer but was not offered a contract. He signed into the league with D.C. United on 13 March 2012. During his time with D.C., he scored the lone goal in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup final against Real Salt Lake, giving D.C. their third Open Cup title.
After three years with D.C., Neal returned to Florida when he was selected by new franchise Orlando City SC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. He was released by Orlando at the end of the 2015 season. On 17 December, Orlando City confirmed that Neal had been resigned on a two-year deal giving him an extended role with the organization including an academy coaching role, a playing position on the Orlando City B team and media duties.
- As of match played 29 November 2014
|Stoke City||2000–01||Second Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||0|
|Preston North End||2005–06||Championship||24||2||4||0||1||0||–||29||2|
|Notts County (loan)||2008–09||League Two||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|
|Shrewsbury Town||2009–10||League Two||29||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||31||2|
|Orlando City||2011||USL Pro||21||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||22||4|
|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|
|Orlando City||2015||Major League Soccer||21||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||22||1|
|Orlando City B||2016||United Soccer League||25||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||25||2|
- Orlando City
- D.C. United
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- "Winger Neal makes Carlisle switch". BBC Sport. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
- "Shrewsbury complete Neal signing". BBC Sport. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
- Orlando City Soccer Club: News. Orlandocitysoccer.com.
- Orlando City Signs English Championship Veteran – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News. OurSports Central (21 March 2011).
- Team Building Exercises With Garth Lagerway. Theshinguardian.com.
- "Lewis Neal acquired". DC United.
- Orlando Sentinel (25 November 2015). "Orlando City parts ways with goalkeeper Tally Hall". OrlandoSentinel.com.
- "Lewis Neal Re-Joins Orlando City Family in Extended Role". Orlando City Soccer Club.
- Goff, Steven (22 February 2013). "D.C. United news & notes". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "Lewis Neal". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 December 2013.