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Newest Sounder tells how he got the news

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for another day. Coach Sigi Schmid didn't address the media today, so we don't have the usual injury updates, etc.

However, I did get a chance to follow-up with the newest Sounder -- a very happy Lamar Neagle -- who I wrote about in today's paper.

The Tacoma-born resident of Federal Way, told how he got the news that the team wanted to sign him:

"I was leaving practice the other day and I got a call to come back in," he said. "They were like 'Yeah, can you come back in we want to sign you to a developmental.' I said, 'Yeah, I'll be right there.' I turned right around."

Neagle is eligible to play immediately, but he said the organization hasn't given him any indication that he will.

"I'm just on the squad right now," he said. "Like I said before, I'm not looking to get playing time right now but to work my way into it. Right now I'm just happy to be signed finally."

Still, the Sounders schedule gets pretty busy over the next couple of weeks with San Jose coming in Saturday, then a mid-week game with DC United, then a cross-country flight to New York, and then a U.S. Open Cup game between the next two regular season games. The team is likely going to need it's full roster, and now Neagle is part of that.