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Lamar Neagle says farewell to Sounders fans

Lamar Neagle is like a lot of us. He grew up wearing blue, green, and teal. The Kingdome and Memorial Stadium and Starfire were his sporting homes. Like some of us he went away to school. Like nearly all of us he was not drafted.

Unlike us he got to be a Sounder, three different times. It was an opportunity he earned through hard work and a love for all hues of green that are the Sounders.

This is how he chose to say goodbye via his website.

As a kid in Federal Way I grew up rooting for all the local teams. The Seahawks, the Mariners and my Dad even had season tickets to the Sonics. I had the opportunity to be a ballboy for the Sounders at Memorial Stadium, something I will never forget. Playing professionally for your home team is something most people never get to do, it's very special. I have had the amazing opportunity to live out every kids dream!

I want to thank the Seattle Sounders fans for their unwavering support; you guys have made it easy to play for this club, both on and off the field. The continuous positivity from the fans through the ups and downs is what kept me striving forward. -more at Lamar Neagle.com

I said this in the comments, but it bears repeating here. Lamar never shied away from an interview. He had a rough Summer, but still answered every question I asked. He even tried to smile while doing it.

Another thing about putting in a request for Lamar is that you knew you would stay late. He put in the work. It started when he was learning from James Riley. As Neagle became a veteran he was the one leading the youngsters who stayed late (most often that was Kovar).

There's a phrase around the Sounders "Once and always a Sounder." In Neagle's case that's now Thrice a Sounder. He will carry the Seattle Love with him as he represents the other Washington for a while. He's a local boy forever.

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