Sounders FC has officially confirmed the signing of forward Pat Noonan. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Here’s part of the conversation I had with Noonon on Tuesday, when the signing wasn’t quite yet a done deal:
On how he went from Colorado to Seattle:
Seattle showed interest. I think they were the first team to show interest, and to be very honest I was very excited about the opportunity, and it was kind of a done-deal after that. I wanted to come here and be a part of it.
On his availability for the Red Bulls on Saturday:
I sure hope so. That remains to be seen, but hopefully if training goes well I’ll be selected.
On his role here:
I was with (Schmid) in Columbus, and I was out wide a little bit more, occasionally up top, but that’s most recently where I was. Either way, I’d love to be out on the field wherever I can fit in.
Early impressions of Sounders:
Very impressed. Very professional. Very sharp. Trainings have been very good. The technique is good, and obviously the guys understand how to win, which is good.
Here’s part of the club’s official release:
Noonan, 29, is a two-time MLS All-Star selection and ranks No. 3 in career goals and assists for New England. He has 14 U.S. National Team caps. The seven-year veteran was released by Colorado on March 23.
“I’m excited that Pat Noonan was available and we were able to sign him,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “My experience with him was a very good one in Columbus.”
“Pat is a good player who can play a number of different positions on the field, and is a very solid professional.”
Noonan was an integral part of the New England teams which advanced to three consecutive MLS Cup Finals from 2005-07 and won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup. As a rookie he finished with 10 goals and scored a career-high 11 in 2004. Noonan scored two goals and four assists during Open Cup play in 2007 and was named the MVP of the Final.
Over five seasons with the Revolution, Noonan scored 37 goals and 29 assists. He finished tied for the MLS lead in total points in 2004, and was chosen to play in the MLS All-Star game in 2004 and 2005.
In 2008, Noonan signed with Norway’s Aalesunds FK, making 11 appearances over a short period before re-signing with MLS and joining Sigi Schmid’s Columbus Crew in August of 2008. Noonan made 11 appearances with the Crew and played all four playoff matches, helping win the MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.
Noonan was traded by Columbus to Colorado on June 15, 2009. He made 17 appearances for the Rapids with two starts, scoring two goals.
Noonan ranks 20th among active MLS players in goals. His career totals are 152 regular season appearances, 40 goals and 32 assists.
In 2004, Noonan made his debut with the United States national team in a match against Haiti. He has one goal and two assists in international play. Noonan was a key member of the 2005 Gold Cup champions and an alternate on the 2006 World Cup team.
Noonan was selected ninth overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft out of Indiana University, where he left as the Hoosiers’ No. 6 career scorer. Indiana won the 1999 NCAA Championship and Noonan played in three College Cup finals.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Signed F Pat Noonan
Hometown (Citizenship): Ballwin, Missouri (USA)
College: Indiana University
Last Club: Colorado Rapids
Still no word on Jeff Parke, however.