That's right, according to the Chicago Tribune's Luis Arroyave the Rapids are after Pat Noonan and that San Jose is still in the hunt for Pablo Mastroeni. The catch with Noonan is that as of right now he is out of contract. Despite his injuries in 2006, the Revolution gave Noonan a huge bump in pay with a one-year contract extension. He went from making a hair under $79k to a base pay of $225,000 in 2007. 7 goals and 4 assists wasn't a bad return for the money. But it wasn't 21 goals and 15 assists Noonan had in his first 2 years with the Revolution.
As for Noon, the question is what are the Rapids willing to give up for the MLS rights to Noonan, how likely is he to sign a new contract with the league and for what amount? Could this be a chance to unload Kirovski? Seems unlikely with New England letting Noonan's contract expire to make room for Albright. Would a 2nd round draft pick be worth the risk? A young defender like Ugo Ihemelu?
NOTES: For those of you that didn't see it this morning, I heard that Pat Noonan could be on his way to the Colorado Rapids and Pablo Mastroeni could join the San Jose Earthquakes. Feel free to use that as an ice breaker at the bars this weekend.