Two formers Sounders — forward Nate Jaqua and forward/midfielder Pat Noonan — were among the 10 players selected Monday in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Process.
Both suffered from fitness issues and a lack of production the last two years in Seattle, combining for just one league goal in that span. Jaqua was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the New England Revolution; Noonan was picked by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the third round.
Jaqua, 30, had a great year for the Sounders in 2009, setting career highs in starts (27), minutes (2,278), goals (nine) and assists (seven). He suffered with a groin injury that carried deep into the 2010 season, but managed to have an impact outside of MLS.
He was the star of a U.S. Open Cup title defense two summers ago and had his six assists in all competitions last season were tied for third on the team.
“Obviously we wish Nate well in New England,” coach Sigi Schmid said in a news release. “It’s unfortunate he won’t be back with our team but this is a fresh opportunity for him and we wish him all the best.”
Injuries were also the big story of Noonan’s tenure in Seattle. The 31-year-old veteran took a hefty pay-cut to stay with the Sounders through this past season. He made just two MLS starts in 2011 and accounted for only two assists in his 17 games in all competitions (though one of those assists was a biggie).
“Pat’s done well for us but has been injury plagued,” Schmid added in the release. “It’s too bad he won’t be with us however we wish him good health and success in LA.”