The New England Revolution has re-signed forward Pat Noonan and promptly traded him to the Columbus Crew in exchange for a 2009 first-round draft pick, an allocation, and allocation table considerations.
Noonan left MLS after last season and spent half a season playing for Aalesunds of the Norwegian first division. He struggled for playing time with Aalesunds and expressed a desire to return. The Columbus Crew expressed interest but New England, which still held Noonan’s rights despite not picking up the option year on his contract last season (apparently the Revs retained the rights after offering Noonan a new contract at similar money to his old contract).
Now Noonan joins a Crew attack that includes Alejandro Moreno at forward and a potent midfield including Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Robbie Rogers, Emmanuel Ekpo and Eddie Gaven. He should give the Crew the second forward the club has been lacking all season.
The Revs never had serious intentions of bringing Noonan back, and sources tell SBI that Noonan had no interest in returning to New England. With Taylor Twellman, Adam Cristman, Kheli Dube and Kenny Mansally in the forward mix for the Revs, Noonan no longer had a place.
The allocation table considerations are an interesting twist to the deal. The Revs swapped places with Columbus, moving into the Crew’s No. 3 spot while Columbus drops to New England’s No. 10 spot in the allocation order, which determines which teams get first crack at returning U.S. national team players.
Now here is my question. Does anybody think it’s fair that New England retained Noonan’s rights despite choosing not to pick up the option on his contract? The Revs retained Noonan’s rights by offering him a new contract, only the new contract was not for more money. Does anybody think that sounds right? Now the Revs have traded a player they never really wanted and scored a boat-load of MLS currency. This has become the new trend in MLS and it’s a bit disturbing. Just more fodder for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.
What do you think of the deal? Think the Revs sold Noonan too cheap? Think the Crew overpaid for Noonan? Is Noonan still an elite level striker in MLS or will his lack of pace prove to be a hindrance for a speedy Crew attack?
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