Rapids waive Noonan, look to add others

Colorado joins the flurry of player movement around the league

Pat Noonan, Colorado Rapids

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The end of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) talks
and the subsequent lifting of the threat of a work stoppage appears to have
sparked a flurry of last-minute player movement at some clubs. The Colorado
Rapids may be no exception.

The Rapids on Tuesday waived veteran midfielder/forward Pat
Noonan. The 2008 MLS Cup-winner joined the team last year but failed to start
regularly. The off-season signings of the likes of Jeff Larentowicz and Wells
Thompson from New England appeared to further lessen Noonan’s chances of
finding a place in the line-up. His departure could help free up a roster spot
for a signing that may have looked unlikely this time last week as a players’
strike loomed.

“I am hopeful to maybe add one or two more bodies to the
group that will help us towards not only this weekend but moving forward,” said
Rapids’ head coach, Gary Smith.

If the Rapids are able to make such a move before the
weekend, Smith said it could be an experienced player that may not have been
tracked by the club while the uncertainty over the CBA continued.

“Certainly, there are two or three targets that we are
looking at that can come and add to the group,” Smith said. “Everyone knows now
what they have to deal with and there are some individuals that have come onto
the radar that I didn’t necessarily think would.” Smith said he was surprised
to see experienced players like Jon Busch and Simon Elliot waived by their
clubs. It was “predominantly” MLS players the Rapids were looking at to make a
possible move by the weekend. 

Clubs must finalize a 24-man roster on Wednesday.