Camp Chronicles — Sounders head to AZ with familiar face

The boy is back in town. Lamar Neagle will look to continue his success in Rave Green after a year in Canada. Remember his hat trick v Columbus or playoff strike v RSL? Kid’s got game.

With the first solid week of Seattle Sounders FC training camp in the books, the club now heads to Casa Grande, Arizona for the next stage of the pre-season which will now include a former fan favorite on the roster.

The club announced Sunday that former Sounder and Federal Way-native Lamar Neagle has been acquired in a trade with the Montreal Impact. Neagle was traded to the Canadian side less than a year ago alongside Mike Fucito for Eddie Johnson, a move that left many supporters sad at the loss of the hard-working local product. When things in Montreal started to see Neagle spending more time on the bench than the pitch he made it clear he wanted to return back to the Emerald City.

The Neagle move cost the Sounders one of their four available international slots through 2014, a slot not currently needed with the amount of European/South American players for Seattle that hold a green card and therefor don’t use and international slot.

The addition of Neagle also secures the midfield even more for the post-Montero Sounders who have even more depth on the wings if manager Sigi Schmid decides to move Steve Zakuani, Mario Martinez or Mauro Rosales into the withdrawn forward role that Fredy occupied. Although one would imagine Alex Caskey would now drop another spot on that totem pole.

Neagle will join the club when the arrive in Arizona today — the club will spend a few weeks there training and playing exhibition matches including a Feb. 5 matchup with the Portland Timbers and participating in the  2013 FC Tuscon Desert Diamond Cup Feb. 13-23 where they’ll play against the New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake and New England Revolution.

Other notes — Sounders center back Patrick Ianni was walking around training this week on crutches after apparently injuring his left foot in a fitness test. Schmid said Ianni is undergoing an MRI and his status for the meantime is unknown UPDATE — Ianni will miss six weeks, meaning that he will be out the entire pre-season and likely the first week or two of the regular season, CONCACAF Champions League included. This may open the door for either Zach Scott or rookie Eriq Zavaleta to get some playing time alongside Jhon Kennedy Hurtdado in the back.

The Sounders by Sounderatheart.com‘s calculations may have alleviated their pre-season salary cap woes via several moves that are much better explained here. They also by all indications still have three senior team roster spots open. Finally in roster talk, second round MLS SuperDraft pick Dylan Remick has yet to be signed by the club, although that is not confirmed.

Pre-season Starting XI — This will be a section on every pre-season weekly post that I’ll keep updated based on who is in camp and healthy right now. That means for the first week in Arizona the four internationals and Ianni are out of the mix. With that said though, there are no matches at this time to worry about.

GK – Gspurning
CB – Scott             CB – Hurtado
RB – Yedlin/Evans                      LB – Gonzalez
CDM – Alonso
RM – Evans/Neagle                 LM – Zakuani
CAM – Tiffert/Rose
FW – Rosales           FW – Estrada