Seven-year veteran forward/midfielder Pat Noonan, cut by Colorado last week, was at Starfire this morning training with the Sounders.
“Pat is an experienced player," coach Sigi Schmid said. "Obviously I brought him to Columbus when I was in Columbus and he had some good years in the league before that in New England. I don’t know how many caps he has, probably six or seven or something around there. He is an experienced player. He can play up front. He can also play wide. He has played both flanks. He has played right and left. He has played the high striker. He has played the underneath striker. He’s got decent size. He is good in the air. So he can bring a lot of those elements for us.”
The other top news involved players who weren't training: Freddie Ljungberg, Jeff Park and Nate Jaqua, and James Riley who took part in only the early minutes of work:
“Freddie still is sore so we wanted to just keep him off the field today," Schmid said. "We also wanted to be careful with James Riley because he felt a little bit of something but he should be back full in tomorrow. We just wanted to get him on an easier today, train tomorrow, (and then the team is) off Wednesday. Jeff Parke was back in New York. He was being honored as one of the Red Bull Best XI. I guess he got voted to the Red Bull Best XI team for the past decade. Apparently they didn’t get him back to the airport in time to catch his flight on Sunday. Jaqua is still rehabbing and he’s actually going to get seen. We want to get a second opinion on it and so we will do that tomorrow.”