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May 6, 2010 at 5:58 PM

A stop and chat with Seattle forward/midfielder Pat Noonan

(On how the recovery process is going) “Good. Very good. I’m getting good repetition in terms of ball work and I finally got into a good training today as a neutral. But I feel much better.”
(What happened in the Dallas game and when?) “It was right at the end. In about the 90th minute I had a little hamstring tweak and if I would have kept going it would have gotten worse. I felt bad being out there but at the same time we had no subs, so I didn’t want to go down. It was just a little hamstring strain.


(On fitting into 4-3-3, ever played it before?) “I played it in New England. We played it once or twice, tried it out. At that time I think I was up top to the left in that formation. I think it makes for good attacking play. There’s a lot of interaction. You have a lot of options. We’re at home, but who knows what that formation might be a week from now. But if I’m available and if I’m healthy, wherever I can be of assistance. If it’s out wide, maybe just getting after guys and getting balls into the box. If it’s up top, holding onto balls and linking up play. I like the formation. Obviously watching from the stands last week it was very good interaction. A lot of good movement. I think if we play like that again we’ll be good.
(On timing of injury coming when feeling comfortable with the team) “It’s never easy. But it was tough because I had gotten in for a couple good games, in terms of fitness and minutes under my belt. It’s a little bit of a setback, but it’s a long season and the team has really helped me to get back as soon as possible. So hopefully, if I’m available this weekend, great. If not I’ll have another week ahead of good training and fitness to be ready for the next game.”

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