Seattle Sounders Sign Pat Noonan

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMarch 31, 2010

SEATTLE - MAY 30:  Pat Noonan #11 of the Columbus Crew reacts to the action during the match against the Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field on May 30, 2009 in Seattle, Washington.  The match ended in a 1-1 draw.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Seattle Coach Sigi Schmid has bolstered his midfield with the acqusition of MLS veteran Pat Noonan.

Although there has been no official announcement from the Sounders, many media sources are reporting the deal is done.

Noonan was a first round draft pick in 2003, being selected by the New England Revolution ninth overall.

He was runner-up in college for the prestigious Hermann Trophy-the award for the nations best college player. He finished behind the former LA Galaxy forward Alecko Eskandarian. 

Noonan 29, has made 169 appearances in the MLS. Starring for three clubs in the process, the Revolution-where the midfielder played the majority of his games- Columbus Crew, and the Colarado Rapids.

He also played in Scandinavia for a short period of time. Making eleven appearances for Aalesund of Norway at the beginning of 2008.

A prolific goal-scorer from midfield, the US international will bring some experience to Seattle in the attacking third.

Noonan has also earned fourteen caps for his country, and was part of the United States squad that won the 2005 Gold Cup. Injury has hampered him becoming a regular in the National Team.

This could prove to be a shrewd piece of business by Coach Schmid.