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He has the ability to play in various positions and is seen as a utility player, which is highly sought-after. His ability to play anywhere in the midfield as well as out wide on defense makes him valuable for the team.

Coach Ben Olsen enjoys having a player such as Neal on the team because he can put him in for various situations and still thrive.

“He’s a versatile, smart kid who had been through a lot,” Olsen said. “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.”

One teammate familiar with Neal is Perry Kitchen, who plays alongside him in the midfield.

“He’s a great player and definitely a guy you want on the field,” Kitchen said. “His experience and knowledge of the game have really helped us.”

After all of the travel to and from various English cities, to Iceland and to Orlando, Fla., Neal has found a home in D.C. and can play a pivotal role as United hope to bring the MLS Cup back home.

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