- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 6, 2008
- 4 Comments
- Allocation, Pat Noonan, Summer Transfers, Trades
Just got word that the deal is now complete that sends Pat Noonan from New England to Columbus in exchange for the Crew’s natural first-round selection in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.
Additionally, the teams traded spots in the current 2008 allocation standings with Columbus moving into the 10th spot and New England moving to third and the two sides agreed to considerations regarding 2009 allocation rankings.
Noonan seems happy to be back in the States and with MLS again. I have to agree, this is a good signing/trade for the Crew and for Noonan. He will probably start once he gets his fitness back up.
“I am excited at the opportunity to return to MLS and especially to join the Columbus Crew,” Noonan said. “I think it will be a great fit and I look forward to helping a team that is in a great spot to make a run for an MLS title.”
Columbus head coach Sigi Schmid also appears to be excited to finally add some depth to their attack.
“I think we’re obviously adding a quality player who brings another dimension and further options to our attack as we enter the final third of the season and playoff push,” said Crew Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “He has had a lot of success in this league and we look forward to having him for many good years in Columbus.”
The 28-year old midfielder/striker spend the last year in Norway with Aalesunds FK of the Norwegian Premier League where he made 11 appearances since signing in January.
From what I’ve gathered over the last few hours, Noonan never really wanted to be back with New England once he resigned with the league. The same was kind of said about New England who retained his rights, as they too were looking to trade him away the second they could. As nice as it would have been for him to be back with the Revs, they really had no place for him now that Taylor Twellman is getting healthy again.The need in Columbus is there and Noonan is a great fit to it.
What do you all make of this deal? Did Columbus make the right call in what they are sending back to New England for Noonan? Some may say they over spent but I disagree, but let’s hear what you all think.