DC United thrilled with addition of ex-Stoke, Preston midfielder Neal

DC United head coach Ben Olsen has spoken highly of English midfielder Lewis Neal and what he has added to the playing group this season.

DC United head coach Ben Olsen has spoken highly of English midfielder Lewis Neal and what he has added to the playing group this season.

The 30-year old former Stoke City, Preston North End and Shrewsbury Town man joined the Eastern Conference league leaders from Orlando City in mid-March and has been a key part of the improvement of the Washington outfit.

“He’s a versatile, smart kid who had been through a lot,” Olsen told The Washington Times.

“Not many of you know Lewis Neal; he’s been around a long time. He’s been in some real games over in England, and he’s a really nice addition to the group.”

And Neal, who has made eight appearances for DC thus far, is hoping he can contribute to a possible MLS title with the club this season.

“For me to come here in my first season and [potentially] win a championship would be one of the best experiences of my career,” Neal said.

“It would be an unbelievable achievement for me if I was able to experience that here with United.”

 
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