He got into the 18 and even some playing time at the end of the New England match and then more time last night against Kitsap -- and was singled out for praise by coach Sigi Schmid.
Now Noonan's contract is about to expire at the end of the month, but he said today that he wants to say with the Sounders and sounded confident that he will.
"I hope here," he said today after training at Starfire. "We’re still working that out. I’m sure we can come to some agreement, but I’d love to be here and in the next couple of days we’ll finalize that."
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Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked if Noonan is someone he would like to keep around.
“Pat is a good soccer player," Schmid said. "Health is the issue, just him being healthy and him being able to get out every day at training, getting his fitness and getting on the field. But you saw last night when he came in I thought our game settled a bit and he was able to find the ball on the wing channels whereas before [David] Estrada who was on the wing hadn’t found the ball in those same positions. He plays the ball through to [Michael] Seamon that results in the ball to [Mike] Fucito that results in the goal. He laid [Nate] Jaqua through on a really nice ball. He has that vision and that capability and the soccer brain that is great to have on the field. As long as he can physically stay healthy and get his fitness fully then he is a guy who can help any team, not just ours.”
Hmm ... I wonder how much to read into that closing phrase.