Noonan to train w/Chelsea

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by jri, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. Indiana Jones

    Indiana Jones Member

    Oct 27, 2004
  2. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Now this is just training, not a trial.

    If Chelsea signs Noonan it would signal a rather abrupt shift in team policy.
     
  3. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    This is crazy. He'll never get PT at Chelsea. He needs to go somewhere where he has a chance to play! ;)
     
  4. wva97

    wva97 Member

    Jun 8, 2002
    east coast/west coas
    Noonan is obviously class for MLS, but why would Chelsea want him to train with them? Can someone give an explanation to do this justice? Does MLS ask European clubs to entertain some of its premier players? Why Noonan?
     
  5. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    He's probably a better practice player than many players on their youth teams, partially as a function of being an adult. They're not paying him, and they get a willing and eager practice player good enough to be capped by a good national team and lead a decent league in scoring.

    Gee, terrible deal for Chelsea.
     
  6. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

    Sep 29, 2002
    MidAtlantic
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "Hey Pat, stand behind the net and retrieve any loose balls."
     
  7. wva97

    wva97 Member

    Jun 8, 2002
    east coast/west coas
    Gotcha... I didn't understand that he'd be replacing youth players in training.
     
  8. jri

    jri Red Card

    Sep 28, 2000
    boca
    LOL
     
  9. Indiana Jones

    Indiana Jones Member

    Oct 27, 2004

    I guess you hadnt noticed that Noonan came in last season when a former Premier League player was injured (Joe-Max Moore) and became a star (having been an Indiana star and NCAA standout for years). This season I think he was the joint top goal scorer in MLS and has featured in the US NATIONAL team setup - and remember he is with a team that struggled all season to make the playoffs. He is a class player and the Chelsea experience will make him better. He aint goin' there for the Kings Road shopping you bunch of morons.......
     
  10. picaraza

    picaraza New Member

    Jul 27, 2003
    California
    File with "Walker trains with Celtic"
     
  11. sch2383

    sch2383 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    This is a WTF situation. Nothing against Pat, but I can never see actually playing for Chelsea.
     
  12. Sinko

    Sinko New Member

    Dec 28, 1999
    xalapa ver mx
    Club:
    Harrisburg City Isl.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Consider it like he's going to soccer camp. Or maybe like an Advanced Placement training. ;)
     
  13. Onionsack

    Onionsack BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 21, 2003
    New York City
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Come-on-Noonan!
     
  14. pething101

    pething101 Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    Smyrna, Ga
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Methinks someone with the Revs knew someone at Chelsea and asked a favor. A great experience for the kid, something to measure himself by and to challenge himself.

    Hell, you never know. The kid at Watford went from Fire reserves to the Coca Cola Championship after being seen in a preseason friendly so anything is possible.
     
  15. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Dec 17, 2002
    Texas
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    FWIW, Quakes' backup, backup goalie, Steve Cronin, is going to train with Chelsea also.
     
  16. Joel Goodson

    Joel Goodson Member

    Jan 10, 2001
    Chicago
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Its possible that Steve Nicol knows Chelsea Asst Mgr Steve Clarke from their playing days in the old English 1st Division.
     
  17. russ

    russ Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Canton,NY
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just as long as they don't say

    [Seinfeld]"Hello,Noonan" [/Seinfeld]


    everytime he walks in...
     
  18. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Member+

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    Cech-mate!
     
  19. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    LOL

    Cronin was just about the best goalie at the last U-20 so this makes a bit more sense.
     
  20. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Considering that Steve Nicol and Pete Mariner had a teeny weeny bit of experience with the English top clubs, I'll reckon that if they had asked a few favors, then some folks in charge were more than willing to cooperate, especially in a no-lose proposition.

    IMO, while Pat is a rather poorly skilled forward, he is athletic enough to cause a little havoc against smaller teams as is.

    And, if this training sessions earns him some attention from the smaller Euro leagues, he can thank Steve and Pete for giving him a leg up on future endeavors. Maybe within a year or two, he'd be misreading passing angles in Jupiler or Eredivisie or at least using the Euro attention to get a decent salary bump from MLS.
     
  21. thacharger

    thacharger New Member

    May 19, 2002
    Southaven, MS
    Even if Chelsea was to want to sign either of them, they would not qualify for work permits.
     
  22. lurking

    lurking Member+

    Feb 9, 2002
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Jesus, reading this thread youd think Noonan were John Wolyniec.

    Hey, hes probably not Chelsea material (how many people are these days?), but the kid isnt chopped liver either. If anything I think hes one of the better fits in MLS for European football.

    Never ceases to amaze me how people play favorites on this board, completely throwing themselves before some players and completely trashing other players.
     
  23. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    There's more similarity between Pat Noonan and John Wolyniec than Pat Noonan and anyone at Stamford Bridge.
     
  24. lurking

    lurking Member+

    Feb 9, 2002
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You sort of missed the point in your rush to be the biggest euro-snob on this board.Noonan is a 24 year old who was tied for the MLS top scorer this year, and was right up there among rookies last year. Not a journeyman, but one of the best young players in MLS. But he played in MLS and hes not a golden boy so he must really suck badly.

    Hell, Im suprised as anybody to hear this, as it is fricking "the best team money can buy" Chelsea, but people are talking about Noonan like hes some trash player. The guy can play, and while his work ethic isnt always up to par your statement that hes unskilled is laughable.
     

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