MLS Notes: Lopez in Colorado, Noonan In Seattle

MLS Notes: Lopez in Colorado, Noonan In Seattle

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 1, 2010
  • Claudio Lopez, Pat Noonan

Claudio Lopez could be headed to Colorado. (Brian Stevens, WVH Photo Correspondent)

Right before the start of the Major League Soccer season a few clubs were having to do a little house cleaning to clear out some salary cap space. Big ones included Jon Busch getting cut by Chicago, Pat Noonan getting the boot in Colorado and well before that Claudio Lopez not being re-signed in Kansas City.

All looks a little better today as Busch is in San Jose with the Quakes while Noonan and Lopez may have new homes.

Word broke last night from Steve Goff that Lopez is possibly looking to sign with the Colorado Rapids. A move that definitely will beef up their attack and midfield. Sure Lopez is a bit old at 35 but he’s still got plenty left in the tank. I’ve been saying for a couple years now that the Rapids needed a go-to guy in the midfield to create offense. Lopez will certainly be an upgrade over Mehdi Ballouchy in that role.

No word yet if the Wizards retained any of Lopez’s rights when they parted ways with him back in February. If anything they could end up with a late round draft pick as compensation if the Rapids do sign Lopez.

Staying out west, the Seattle Sounders FC looked to have filled a hole at right-mid, a problem that many felt could have hurt them down the road. The Sounders signed former New England Revolution, Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew midfielder/striker Pat Noonan.

Seattle manager Sigi Schmid coached Noonan in 2008 in Columbus. He could either start Noonan up top with Fredy Montero or out wide in place of Roger Levesque.

I like this move for Noonan and Seattle. We know the Sounders can score but Noonan will give them a little extra lift offensively that they need here.

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