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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