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Neal is looking forward this season to be able to go up against star players such as American ace Michael Bradley and English striker Jermain Defoe who have both joined Toronto FC.

“I think these are exciting times in MLS seeing these quality players joining the league,” he said.

Growing up in England, Neal was a huge Manchester United fan.

“Ryan Giggs was always my hero,” Neal said. “The career he has had in unbelievable and he is a true professional.”

Being a true professional is a label that many would pin on Neal.