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March 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Hello Noonan — quotes from Sounders FC trialist Pat Noonan

(On first day training with the club.)
“It was good. Good to get in the mix and meet the guys, and get a feel for the facility and the coaches. So far so good.”
(Easier having played with some of these guys before?)
“It’s always nice to have some familiar faces. Brad Evans I played with in Columbus. James Riley in New England. And I’ve seen a few of these guys obviously here and there, but competing most of the time.”

(What was the process of coming to Seattle?)
“I got released form Colorado about a week back, and it was just one of those waiting things and hoping a team was interested. I’d been with Sigi before and they showed interest, which was great. I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to come to this organization. So far, it’s been exactly what I expected.”
(What did you do in the meantime?)
“Just stay in shape. The rosters are kind of filling up at this point in time, so I was fortunate that Seattle picked me up. Hopefully I can come in and do something to catch their eye.”
(Where do you like to play?)
“Up top or out wide, either right or left. Just kind of try to be flexible, so that if need be I can move around if there’s a chance to get in the lineup. Most recently I was up top in Colorado, coming in as a reserve. That’s where I’ve spent most of my time that last few months, but I’ve spent time out wide as well.”
(Spent time with Sigi Schmid, what do you know about playing for him?)
“I know training’s are sharp. He’s straightforward. I like the style of play: sharp, moving the ball, creative. I’m looking forward to that.”
(Where did Schmid play you?)
“In Columbus, it was a little bit out wide and up top. I think my first couple games when he was there it was out wide. And then, occasionally I became a reserve, and then it was out forward or a midfielder. A little bit of both.”
(What’s it like coming into a group as the new guy and competing for roster spots?)
“It seems like a friendly group. Guys aren’t out to be mean out there, but you know at the same time everyone’s fighting for jobs. You just come in try to play simple and be sharp so that you’re kind of getting into the swing of things early. And try to catch how guys play and their styles of play so that you can play to those advantages.”
(What do you know about Seattle and what’s going on up here?)
“With the fans, you know it’s first class. They’re very passionate, which is great. That’s what you want. So you’re going into these games knowing there’s something on the line every time you step on the field. In terms of the players, obviously they’re a very solid team, with a lot of depth and a lot of talent. That’s something when you go out and train you look forward to, because you know you’re going to be pushed. It’s got to be sharp. In terms of the organization, I don’t know many of them. I know Chris Henderson from the playing days, but it seems to be very professional.”


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