Another MLS Player Lost to Norway

As reported here last week, the New England Revolution declined their 2008 option on forward Pat Noonan, freeing him up to sign with any club outside MLS, and today it appears he has done just that, reportedly inking a deal with Norwegian side Aalesund. There, he will be joining former Revs goalkeeper Adin Brown, who made the move to the Tangoshirts after losing his starting job to Matt Reis in 2004.

He becomes the third high-profile MLS player to bolt the league in favor of a Norwegian club, following similar moves from D.C. United keeper Troy Perkins and FC Dallas/San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson.

Here are some statistics from Noonan's MLS career:

* Third-highest scoring player in Revolution history, behind Taylor Twellman and Joe-Max Moore.
* Regular season (119 games): 37 goals, 29 assists.
* Post-season (17 games): 5 goals, 1 assist.
* Set career highs in 2004 with 11 goals and 8 assists in the regular season.
* Was selected for the All-Star Game in 2004, playing 45 minutes.
* Appeared in three MLS Cups with New England.
* Has earned 12 caps for the senior U.S. MNT, and most recently recorded an assist in their 2-0 victory over Sweden on January 19, 2008.

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