Lamar Neagle was born in Tacoma, grew up and played high school soccer at Thomas Jefferson High in Federal Way, and completed the local run by signing a contract today with Seattle Sounders FC.
Here's the Sounders' news release:
The Seattle Sounders FC has signed midfielder Lamar Neagle, the team announced today. He has been added to the official roster as a Senior Developmental player.
Neagle, a 2009 UNLV graduate, is a three-time first team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection. He played in every game, but one for the Running Rebels in his four-year career, and led the team in scoring his final two seasons. He scored nine goals in each of his final two seasons. As a senior in 2008, he was named second team All-Far-West Region.
"It's good to sign a local product to our team," said Coach Sigi Schmid. "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. "
Born in Tacoma, Neagle was a three-year starter for Federal Way's Thomas Jefferson High School. He led them to a 16-2-4 record and the state 4A championship as a senior. Neagle broke a 31-year-old school record by scoring six goals in one game, and was named to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer High School All-Star Team his senior season. He played club soccer for the Norpoint Chivas in Northeast Tacoma.
Neagle was a pre-season trialist with the Sounders FC for two weeks in Southern California, where he played in two games and recorded two assists. After completing his studies, Neagle returned to train with the team on May 13.
Neagle becomes the fourth local product signed by Sounders FC. Chris Eylander, Kevin Forrest and Kasey Keller also played prep and club soccer in Washington.
Transactions: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Signed MF Lamar Neagle
Hometown: Federal Way, Wash. (USA)
College: UNLV (2005-2009)
I spoke to Neagle a little during the week, and have some of his reaction in the Thursday paper.
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As a mostly technical matter, Neagle was signed to a senior developmental contract. However, the bottom line is that he's on the team and elegible to play as early as Saturday.
Here's the way the Sounders' contract divisions break down:
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