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Why Shane O'neill became one of Seattle Sounders General Manager Garth Lagerwey's favorite players

In the absence of a pair of center-backs to establish themselves in the team, Shane O'Neill emerged and Garth Lagerwey praised his performance.

Shane O'Neill
Shane O'Neill

Yeimar Gómez Andrade and Xavier Arreaga have not been complementing each other in the best way. The General Manager Lagerwey gave his opinion on this: "With the season stop-starting like it has, it’s been really difficult, especially I think for some of the foreign guys, who are not used to the food, not used to the culture, in the family situation where they’re in lockdowns not around anybody that’s part of a support network".

Lagerwey explained his arguments in detail. "How much time have they really had to make friends or their wives to make friends? We don’t think of these things in a footballing context, but they’re real. Yeimar’s been separate from his family, they’ve been down in Argentina the whole time"

Finally, Lagerway expressed about O'Neill: "I do think a player like Shane O’Neill who is American and who is single and has played a bunch of places, that’s a good profile to adapt and thrive in COVID world. And I think everyone else has been a little bit more stressed. And everyone’s trying to figure it out".

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