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Pat Noonan leaves Revs for Norway
by Ridge Mahoney, January 23rd, 2008 7AM



Three years after goalkeeper Adin Brown played out his MLS contract and signed with Norwegian club Aalesund, he's about to be joined by another ex-Rev.

Pat Noonan, who started and earned an assist in the 2-0 USA win over Sweden Saturday at Home Depot Center, is joining Aalesund on a free transfer. The Revs elected not to pick up the option on his MLS contract, hoping it could sign him for a lower salary than the $225,000 he earned last season.

Terms of his deal aren't yet known. Calls to his agent Richard Motzkin were not returned.

Noonan bounced back from an injury-marred 2006 season (14 games, 1 goal, 3 assists) to play 27 games, score seven goals and register four assists last year as the Revs reached -- and lost -- their third straight MLS Cup. He failed to score in four playoff games. In MLS Cup 200, he7 misfired on a close-range volley late in the match.

He scored 10 goals in his rookie (2003) season, notched 11 in 2004 and scored eight two years ago. His 37 regular-season goals is third on the team's all-time list behind forward partner Taylor Twellman (91 goals), a
childhood friend while they were growing up in St. Louis, and former U.S. international Joe Max-Moore (41).

Noonan's departure means he will not be on hand when U.S. players re-convene at Home Depot Center Thursday to prepare for a Feb. 6 match against Mexico in Houston.

Also out of town is goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is in Scotland discussing a possible move to Glasgow Celtic.



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