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HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on March 7, 2014
COACHES' BREAKDOWN: Consensus seems to be that Neil will have to move to right back to further his MLS ambitions, but it's a testament to his attacking ability that he spent the season at right midfield on a team that was usually at the top of the national polls. Neil is a great dribbler, extremely dangerous in offensive 1-v-1 situations, fast and athletic. The main area where Neil needs improvement is his strength, particularly his lower body strength and, to a degree, his mental strength. To succeed at right back, he'll also need to clean up his defending, but he has good enough feet and good enough pace that you could easily see a team make him their darkhorse pick.
COLLEGE: 2013: Earned All-Pac-12 second team honors ... Appeared in and started 20 games during his senior season ... Posted one goal and four assists ... 2012: Earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Far West third team ... Also a member of the All-Pac-12 second team ... Appeared in 17 games and made 14 starts in his junior campaign ... Collected a career-high five assists ... 2011: Appeared in 17 games and made 14 starts during his sophomore season ... Ranked second on the team in assists with three ... 2010: Appeared in 13 games, all as a substitute ... Made his Cal debut on 9/3 @ #20 Indiana as a substitute ...
High School/Club: Three-year varsity starter and team captain for Capistrano Valley High School ... In the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, was a South Coast All-League selection for CVHS ... Named his school's MVP and earned the Coaches Award ... A member of the US U-17 national team pool and started two games for the US U-17s ... Called into camp twice in 2008 ... Team captain and left midfielder for United FC, which won the 2009 Cal South National Cup and 2008 Coast Soccer League Cup ...
Personal: Majored in architecture/urban design ... Parents are James and Kari Neil...has a sister, Kristi ... Born on Jan. 2, 1992, in Newport Beach, Calif.