- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 29, 2008
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- Pat Noonan, Summer Transfers
That sound you hear is a bunch of Columbus Crew fans being upset about not being able to land former MLSer Pat Noonan this summer. That is because his former MLS club New England is about to bring him back on according to Goal.com’s Kyle McCarthy.
Pat Noonan is close to re-signing with the New England Revolution after leaving the team during the off-season, sources close to the deal tell Goal.com.
Noonan signed with Norwegian Tippeligaen club Aalesunds FK during the off-season after MLS offered him a pay cut from his previous salary. But a desire to return home and little time on the field with Aalesunds meant Noonan sought a move back to MLS only six months after leaving despite a reported $400,000 salary.
A possible move for Noonan has lingered in recent weeks, but the league’s unwillingness to offer Noonan a significantly different deal than the one left on the table in January and the reticence to pay a transfer fee meant the deal required significant negotiation.
A few weeks back Columbus had some interest in bringing Noonan back to the league but was unable to work out a deal with the league and with New England for his player rights.
If the Revs are bringing back Noonan they will add some much needed depth for the stretch run of the season at striker and on the left side of the midfield. Honestly its a solid move if it works out for everyone. From the depth perception, this is a big time move for the Revs as they will need more depth this season at the striker position.
What do you all make of the Revs bringing back Noonan? I know some Columbus fans will be a little bitter about it but that is just the nature of the league for now.