Lamar Neagle Wants To Play For Ireland

Nov 2, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Lamar Neagle (27) controls the ball with defender Deindre Yedlin (17) in the first half against the FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Neagle, the 27 year old Sounders midfielder, may someday be playing in another shade of green for the Republic of Ireland.

Neagle has an Irish passport, which he received from his mother, as his grandmother is from Ireland. His mother received an Irish passport, which opened the door for him to earn his. Neagle said that in his high school days he wasn’t making combines and recruited by colleges, so the idea of playing in Ireland came about.

My grandma is from Ireland, and so when I was in college I wasn’t going to the combines, I wasn’t recruited, so that was an option. My mom filed for her Irish passport and she filed for me to get mine.” – Lamar Neagle

He has said he is definitely open to playing for Ireland, and per the Irish Football Association have some serious interest in Neagle. The FAI are reportedly scouting MLS heavily for players eligible to play for the boys in green, and that Lamar Neagle and Rapids defender Shane O’Neil are very high on their list. 

I’d love for the opportunity. … It’d be a credit to the consistent progress that I’ve had over the years. A little late for a guy to be getting his first shot at any national team, but it’s definitely flattering to hear.- Sounders Winger Lamar Neagle

Neagle has only heard from a scout, nothing like a formal offer from the FAI to call him up, but is very interested. Ireland manager Martin O’Neil has expanded the pool of Ireland call ups recently, by calling up 3 English born players.

Lamar Neagle’s playing style would fit Martin O’Neils style, who is a powerful winger who can work the flanks offensively and defensively.

If the FAI wants to officially approach Lamar Neagle and bring him into the setup, it would most likely be after the European Championship qualifiers next month against Poland.

The FAI has been scouting North America for a while, and current Ireland captaina and LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has gotten involved in trying to recruit players for Ireland. He has openly asked for Ireland to look into forward Mike Magee, a former Galaxy teammate who now plays for Chicago Fire, but nothing came of the interest.