Lamar Neagle, a former Charleston Battery midfielder, was traded from Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders to the Montreal Impact in exchange for former United States national team member Eddie Johnson.
Seattle’s Mike Fucito was also a part of the deal.
Neagle led the Battery to the 2010 USL Division-2 championship, scoring 12 goals and earning league most valuable player honors.
Neagle, a Seattle native, signed with the Sounders in 2011 and scored five goals in 23 appearances.
“In the long run, this is better for my career,” Neagle told MLSsoccer.net. “The more minutes I get on the field, the better I’m going to be and the more money I can eventually make.
“[The Sounders management] were like, 'It is what it is; it’s part of the business. You know going in to it this may happen, especially two guys coming off the bench. If anybody’s going to get traded, we’re the ones. It was always kind of there and you don’t think about it until it happens.”
Neagle hopes to make his Montreal preseason debut tonight in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL.
“I’m definitely excited to get some playing time with the [Impact],” Neagle said. “It was difficult to get playing time over in Seattle with all the midfielders they have.
“So coming into this situation where everybody is kind of new, it’s a little bit easier to maybe get a spot whereas the coaches at Seattle had their minds already set on who they wanted," he added. "Here they’re not as set. I’m sure they have an idea, but I’m definitely going to try to get some minutes.”