Sounders FC resigns veteran Pat Noonan
By Michael Simeona
The Seattle Sounders FC announced that midfielder/forward Pat Noonan was signed to a contract extension Friday. The terms were not disclosed.
Noonan, 30, made his first appearance of the season Sunday against the New England Revolution, and was a second half substitute in a U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas on Tuesday.
In his second season with the Sounders FC, Noonan has a goal and an assist in 12 games (eight starts).
Noonan spent the latter portion of the 2010 season on the disabled list, and underwent hip surgery in the offseason. It was unknown whether or not he’d be resigned to the club before the July 1 deadline, considering he hadn’t gotten much playing time because of nagging injuries throughout the season.
“I’m pleased that we could work out an agreement that’s beneficial to both Pat and the club,” head coach Sigi Schmid said in a club statement. “Pat has vision and intelligence that strengthens the team when he’s on the field, and now that he’s healthy we feel he can help us during the second half of the season.”\
Noonan has earned 14 caps with the U.S. National team, recording a goal and two assists. He shared the MLS Budweiser Scoring Championship in 2004, and was named MVP of the 2007 U.S. Open Cup with the New England Revolution. He leads all Sounders FC players with 115 career points.