Sounders sign Lamar Neagle, Calle Brown and give thanks to Brad Evans

The business end of sports officially hit home for the Rave Green  Tuesday afternoon when the club announced it has signed local boy  Lamar Neagle and goalkeeper Calle Brown and posted a touching thank you tribute on its team webpage to former Captain Brad Evans whos signing with Sporting KC  became official.

The announcement was bittersweet, in that the Sounders were bringing back Neagle a midfielder / forward back for his fourth stint with the club, shoring up their goalkeeping depth with the signing of the Calle and saying goodbye to one of the teams favorite players since he joined the team in the 2009 expansion draft.

“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.”
Brown went to the University of Virginia,  spent the last two years with  Houston Dynamo USL  affiliate Rio Grande Valley  FC Toros. Brown is joining Seattle after a successful tryout and will compete with Bryan  Meredith for the backup spot behind starter Stefan Frei.
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 were 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.
While no one knows how the discussions between the Sounders front office and Evans it is clear it was a mutual parting of the ways. The mutual parting was done with integrity, and respect by both sides which is a rarity these days in professional sports.


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