Neagle, 30, an attacking midfielder and forward, was acquired from D.C. United for the Sounders’ fourth round pick in next year’s MLS SuperDraft.
While they wait to see whether they can land Paraguayan star Derlis Gonzalez, the Sounders made a depth move Monday that brings Federal Way native Lamar Neagle back to the Emerald City for a fourth stint.
Neagle, 30, an attacking midfielder and forward, was acquired from D.C. United for the Sounders’ fourth round pick in next year’s MLS SuperDraft. He sits fourth in all-time Sounders goals with 26 scored during stints in 2009, 2011 and 2013-15 with the club.
“He’s as safe a late season pickup as you’re going to make,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said. “I’ve said all along my job is to give my head coach options that make the team better and I think this gives us another option that definitely makes our team better as we head in to the stretch run.”
Lagerwey said the Neagle trade in no way halts the team’s pursuit of Paraguayan midfielder Gonzalez from Dynamo Kiev. The Sounders have until the international transfer deadline Wednesday night to complete a deal.
Dynamo Kiev is said to be driving a hard bargain for the transfer fee, while sources say the Sounders have stuck to a limit of what they’ll pay. The Ukrainian squad initially wanted a $10 million transfer fee but has apparently come down from that in recent weeks with limited competition from suitors willing to pay that price.
Gonzalez has let it be known to various media overseas that he’s eager to join the Sounders, who are unbeaten in seven games and sit just two points behind Western Conference leading Sporting Kansas City. The KC side throttled the Sounders on the road back in May and on Saturday pay a visit to CenturyLink Field.
Meanwhile, Neagle, who joined D.C. United before last season, has 38 goals total in 192 Major League Soccer appearances and adds to a Sounders attack that looked explosive in a 4-0 win at Minnesota on Saturday. The Sounders had struggled on attack earlier in the season, but Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris have come on stronger of late, while veteran Will Bruin, Nicolas Lodeiro and the versatile Cristian Roldan give the team attack options few others in MLS have.
Neagle led Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way to the 2005 state title before embarking on a standout career…