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Sounders signs Lamar Neagle to contract extension

The Sounders signed Lamar Neagle to a contract extension Monday after the Federal Way native set personal bests with eight goals, four assists, 61 shots and 30 games played in 2013.

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Lamar Neagle was one of the best bargains in MLS last season.

The Federal Way native scored a career-high eight goals for Sounders FC, adding personal bests of four assists, 61 shots and 30 games played — all at a $48,400 salary.

That changed Monday as Neagle, 26, signed a contract extension with Seattle. Terms weren’t disclosed, per MLS and team policy, but it’s safe to assume it involved a deserved raise.

“Lamar has a tremendous work capacity and has proven to be a threat in our attack,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release. “Lamar has grown up here in the Pacific Northwest and is a hometown favorite. He is a leader in our community and a great teammate.”

Neagle’s time with the Sounders was off and on his first four years. He was a development player in 2009 but left the following year to play for lower-division Charleston and then Finland. He returned in 2011 only to be traded to Montreal the next season in the move that brought Eddie Johnson to Seattle.

Neagle, a former standout at Jefferson High School, returned again in 2013 and was named the Sounders’ Humanitarian of the Year for his community work and also a finalist for MLS comeback player of the year for his breakout season.

The Houston Dash, a National Women’s Soccer League expansion team for 2014, will start to build its roster in an expansion draft at 8 a.m. Friday.

Seattle Reign FC can protect 10 players from being picked but just three of its four U.S. allocated internationals Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox. The league will release teams’ protected lists Wednesday.

Houston can select up to 10 players, no more than two from any team (just one if it’s a U.S. allocated player).

• Wake Forest forward Sean Okoli has indicated on Twitter he could soon be signing as a homegrown player with the Sounders. Okoli, another Federal Way product, came up through the Sounders’ youth development program and has U.S. U-18 youth national team experience. He had 24 goals and nine assists in three seasons with the Demon Deacons.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or On Twitter @joshuamayers.

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