Welcome back, Lamar Neagle.
Sounders FC traded for the 25-year-old midfielder and Federal Way native Sunday, sending an international roster slot to Montreal for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Seattle had traded Neagle and forward Mike Fucito to the Impact before the 2012 season for forward Eddie Johnson.
“It’s amazing to come home and rejoin the Sounders,” Neagle said in a news release. “The fans have had so much support for me throughout my career and Sigi was the first coach to give me a chance. It’ll be fun for me to connect back with the guys and get to work. I’m looking forward to having a strong season.”
Neagle, one of four players in Sounders’ history with a hat trick, becomes the team’s third addition this offseason, joining young signings in DeAndre Yedlin and Eriq Zavaleta. More moves are expected heading into the March 2 opener.
A product of Jefferson High School, Neagle was a developmental player here in 2009 but didn’t play. He was waived after that season and went on to have a successful stint with Charleston the following year. He then transferred briefly to Finland’s IFK Mariehamn before earning a roster spot here again in 2011.
Neagle had five goals and two assists in his last season in Seattle, and beyond his Aug. 27 hat trick against Columbus, also scored big goals against Real Salt Lake — once to help break RSL’s 29-game home unbeaten streak and another in the Western Conference semifinals in comeback efforts in the second leg.
“We are very excited about bringing Lamar back to Seattle,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in the release. “He is an attacking midfielder who plays smart and adds versatility to our club. Lamar scored a few key goals for us in the past while being a very consistent player. He is a great teammate and positive presence in the locker room.”
With Montreal last year, Neagle scored once in a 4-1 win over the Sounders.
He said he hopes to join the team in Arizona on Tuesday.
Seattle will be down to seven international roster slots for the 2013 season. Currently four are being used: Mario Martinez, Christian Tiffert, Adam Johansson and Andy Rose.
@lamarneagle Don’t call it a comeback!
— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3) January 27, 2013