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Crew Trade Noonan to Rapids to Free Salary

Midfielder/forward Pat Noonan has talent, versatility and an impressive resume. The former New England Revolution standout is a two-time Major League Soccer All-Star and former scoring champion (tied in Amado Guevara with 30 points on 11 goals and eight assists in 2004). His credentials are impressive, but they were not enough to keep him on the Crew's roster.

On Monday, The Crew traded Noonan, 28, to the Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed amount of league allocation money and the Rapids' first-round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft. Noonan, stuck on the bench behind league MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto, is likely to get much more playing time with the Rapids. Noonan got only six starts in 2008. The Crew, close to the $2.32 million salary cap, will be relieved of Noonan's $175,000 salary and gain the budget flexibility that allocation money provides. "Pat is too good of a player to sit on the bench," Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. "This works on both sides." According to Crew technical director Brian Bliss, the Crew will look to add another attacking player who can produce goals.


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