SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC today announced that it has signed midfielder / forward Lamar Neagle and goalkeeper Calle Brown. Neagle, the fourth-ranked goal-scorer in club history and 2013 Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year, returns for his seventh overall season with the Rave Green across four separate stints. Brown, a three-year pro out of the University of Virginia, joins Sounders FC after successful preseason trial and completes the club’s goalkeeper corps alongside Stefan Frei and Bryan Meredith. The signings bring Sounders FC’s roster to 27 players ahead of the start of the 2018 campaign, which begins on Thursday in El Salvador with the first leg of its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Santa Tecla FC.
“We are happy to bring Lamar back to the club and welcome Calle into the Sounders family,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Lamar gives us an experienced and reliable option in the attack, while Calle completes Tom Dutra’s goalkeeper group by giving us three solid players that we can play between the posts.”
Neagle, 30, is fourth in Sounders FC history with 28 goals scored (trailing only Fredy Montero, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins) in 124 MLS appearances with the club, including a career-high nine goals and nine assists in Seattle's 2014 Supporters' Shield-winning campaign. The Federal Way-native and former state champion at Thomas Jefferson High School was also named the 2013 Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year. Neagle re-joined Sounders FC after a trade with D.C. United in August of last season, extending his fourth stint with the club after previously playing for Seattle in 2009, 2011 and 2013-2015.
Brown, 25, has spent the last two seasons with the Houston Dynamo, making 19 appearances for the club’s USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. The six-foot-six goalkeeper won a collegiate national championship in 2014 at the University of Virginia, where he recorded 13 shutouts in 29 starts across two seasons. He joins Sounders FC following a successful trial throughout the 2018 preseason presented by adidas.
Today's signings bring Sounders FC's current roster to 27 players as the club departs Tuesday for El Salvador for the first leg of its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matchup with Santa Tecla FC. The club’s 10th MLS season begins March 4 at home against expansion side Los Angeles FC.
Sounders FC season tickets are still available, including new 2018 seating options in the 300 level, with full information available at SoundersFC.com or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL. For complete information, details and pricing on 2018 Sounders FC season tickets, fans should call 877-MLS-GOAL or email Sales@SoundersFC.com. Complete information on all Sounders FC ticket packages can be found at SoundersFC.com/Tickets. Single-match tickets are available for all 17 MLS home matches and the club's Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matchup on March 1 vs. Salvadoran side Santa Tecla FC. Seating for all games is subject to availability at time of purchase. Single-match tickets can be purchased via the following link: SoundersFC.com/Tickets/Single-Match-Tickets.
The Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match on March 1 vs. Santa Tecla FC at CenturyLink Field is included in 2018 Season Ticket Membership packages. Should the club advance to the Quarterfinal Round of the CONCACAF Champions League, the home match scheduled for March 7 at CenturyLink Field would serve as the 19th game in the Season Ticket Membership package. If Seattle advances to that stage of the tournament, the club would face the winner of storied Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara versus Dominican side Cibao.
TRANSACTION: Seattle Sounders FC signs midfielder / forward Lamar Neagle and goalkeeper Calle Brown on February 20, 2018.
Name: Lamar Neagle
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Born: May 7, 1987 in Tacoma, Washington
Hometown: Federal Way, Washington
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Acquired via trade from D.C. United in exchange for 2018 Fourth Round MLS SuperDraft selection on August 7, 2017. Re-signed with club on February 20, 2018.
Previous Experience: D.C. United (2016-2017), Seattle Sounders FC (2009, 2011, 2013-2015), Montreal Impact (2012), IFK Mariehamn (2010-11), Charleston Battery (2010)
Name: Calle Brown
Born: July 1, 1992 in Leesburg, Virginia
Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed to contract on February 20, 2018.
Previous Experience: Houston Dynamo (2016-2017), Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2015)