March 16, 2011 by staff
Seattle Sounders, Seattle Sounders most fans are well aware that the goalkeeper Kasey Keller was born in Washington. He grew up in Olympia, played at North Thurston High School and is generally considered the best goalie in the history of the United States.
What is not as we know is that Seattle has another native of Washington on the list – midfielder Lamar Neagle?
Tuesday night, the 23-year native of Tacoma debuted in Major League Soccer Sounders’ 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Neagle, who signed with the club less than two weeks after he impressed in training camp, entered the game as a breakthrough in the 79th minute substitute. He did not record any shots, but did put some pressure on the back line of the Galaxy.
“It’s a tough game to come into,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said of Neagle debut. “He had a good presence. He knew where he was. ”
Neagle played at Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was a teammate of Kitsap Cougars defender Steve Mohn. He even trained with the Cougars last spring and had even signed with the team if he had not landed a gig with the Charleston Battery of United Soccer Leagues’ Second Division. Neagle scored league-high 14 goals while leading the battery for the title.
“It is very good,” said Cougars coach Peter Fewings, who covered Tuesday’s game as part of the team to disseminate the Sounders.
What was not so good saw the Sounders to file their opening game nationally televised.
Even if the Galaxy dominated Seattle 11-10, including 6-2 in shots on goal, the Sounders could not find the back of the net.
It was hard to argue with Keller evaluation of the game.
“A draw for me was a fair result,” he said.
Kurt Cobain seeing a large flag waved in the stands during pre-game was bizarre. Learning an hour before kickoff that Sounders before Blaise Nkufo was no longer with the team was strange.
Schmid said he met Nkufo few days ago and both players and the coach decided it was time to part ways.
“It was a mutual decision,” said Schmid. “It did not work.”
Nkufo was expected to start at the front alongside Fredy Montero. Of course, he was in his final year with the Sounders. But you would think he would have wanted to finish his career trying to help Seattle win a championship, right?
Perhaps the Sounders thought the -year-old was too slow and spent his first to make an impact this season. I would not be surprised to see him land with another club in MLS – Vancouver, maybe? At least that would give Seattle a chance to show he has something in the tank.
In the game of the Los Angeles Galaxy player to boo the loudest, David Beckham won despite a stiff challenge from Landon Donovan, who draws only cheers when he plays in Los Angeles playing for the U.S. in Cup World.
Beckham, the international icon that gave the Major League Soccer shot in the arm when he signed with the Galaxy in, can still run free kicks with the best of them.
Just before halftime, Beckham bent a shot from 35 meters around a wall of defenders and into the upper right corner of the net. The ball ended up sailing six inches high of the crossbar, but the shot reminded everyone why Beckham is so dangerous on set pieces.
And there is no truth to the rumor that he is working on a sequel to hit moving Bend It Like Beckham – steaks.
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