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June 29, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Noonan: “I’m sure we can come to some kind of agreement”

Sounders FC veteran Pat Noonan‘s contract expires in a couple days and he was asked today after training if he had any thoughts on his future with the team.

“I hope here,” he said. “We’re still working that out. I’m sure we can come to some kind of agreement. I love it here and in the next couple days we’ll finalize that.”

Sounds positive enough.

Noonan, 30, made his first MLS appearance of the season Sunday against New England as a substitute. He was also praised by coach Sigi Schmid for his impact off the bench in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup match against Kitsap.

I asked Schmid today if Noonan was a player the team is interested in keeping.

“I mean Pat’s a good soccer player,” Schmid said. “Health is the issue. Just him being healthy and him being able to get out everyday at training and getting his fitness and getting on the field. But you saw it last night. When he came in I thought our game settled. He was able to find the ball on the wing channels whereas Estrada, who was on the wing before, hadn’t found the ball in those same positions. He lays the ball through to Seamon that results in the ball to Fucito that results in the goal. He laid Jaqua through on a really nice ball. He has that vision and that capability and a soccer brain that’s great to keep on the field. As long as he can physically stay healthy and get his fitness then he’s a guy who can help any team, not just ours.”

It certainly sounds like Noonan isn’t going to be cut loose. Expect an announcement on his future in the next couples day.

One last thought from Noonan:

“Like I said, I hope we can work something out,” he said. “If that’s the case I’m excited in these next couple weeks with feeling healthy and getting minutes to continue to progress.”

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