Galaxy Insider Player Ratings: Pat Noonan
The LA Galaxy season may be over, but LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano will spend the next few weeks offering an evaluation of each member of the squad. VIEW CALENDAR
The LA Galaxy Player Ratings will begin with players who appeared in the least number of games this season starting with goalkeeper Brian Rowe and concluding with Sean Franklin who played in all 34 of the club’s regular season games. There will also be an evaluation of head coach and general manager Bruce Arena and his moves at the conclusion of the list.
We will have two to three evaluations per day and focus on what each player did well, what they need to improve on ahead of next season as well as a select thought from the player on their performance and a rating from myself out of four stars.
APPEARANCES IN ALL OFFICIAL COMPETITIONS: GP: 14 [3 in CCL and 1 in US Open Cup], MIN: 483, G: 2 [one in USOC], A: 0
RESERVE LEAGUE APPEARANCES: GP: 6, MIN: 387, G: 2, A: 3
HIGHLIGHTS: The veteran scored a pair of goals for the club in 2012, the first coming during late in the 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in April and in LA’s U.S. Open Cup defeat to the Carolina Railhawks in May, but Noonan’s most important role last season was more as a tutor rather than a goal scorer. During the club’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign, Noonan’s professionalism and experience were lauded by LA’s young CCL team as they qualified for quarterfinal round.
LOWLIGHTS: Although the veteran was a key contributor with the reserves and the CCL side, Noonan saw limited minutes with the club’s first team as he battled through injury which limited his ability to rise up the depth chart. In all, Noonan made just ten appearances with a single start during the 2012 MLS regular season.
HIS THOUGHTS: “Whether you’re starting, or coming off the bench or not in the 18, it’s still gratifying when you can win a championship. It was nice to see everybody contribute from player one to player 30 and stepping in when called upon. It’s nice to see everyone contribute.”
RATING: TWO STARS
The impact of Pat Noonan’s time with the Galaxy isn’t likely to be measured in statistics, but the influence that he had on the club’s younger players. After the end of the season, the Galaxy chose to decline Noonan’s contract option leaving him unprotected for the Re-Entry Draft. Noonan was not selected in the two stage process and told the LA Galaxy Insider earlier in the month that he intended to evaluate his career during the offseason. Whatever he ends up deciding, with a second MLS Cup under his belt, Noonan has created a winning legacy throughout his career.
Adam Serrano is the LA Galaxy Insider. Read his blog at LAGalaxy.com/insider and contact him at LAGalaxyInsider@Gmail.com