FC Cincinnati hires Pat Noonan from Philadelphia Union to be new manager

Major League Soccer team FC Cincinnati announced today, Tuesday, the appointment of Pat Noonan as its next coach.

The move marked Noonan’s reunion with GM Cincinnati Chris Albright. The two have worked together at Philadelphia Union for the past four years, with Albright as head coach and Noonan as assistant coach under Jim Curtin. Al Ittihad won the Ansar Shield in 2020 with the best regular season record.

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Prior to his work in Philadelphia, Noonan was an assistant at LA Galaxy, under the supervision of Bruce Arena from 2013 to 2016. He then followed Arena to the US men’s national team in 2017.

“I was part of [MLS] For 18 years, you find ways to be successful. And the experiences along the way are valuable in discovering things. “I think this is where my previous experience as a player and coach in this league made me ready to take over as FC Cincinnati’s coach,” Noonan said at a news conference on Tuesday.

As a player, Noonan spent the greater part of his professional career with the New England Revolution, playing 135 league and home games, scoring 42 goals along with 30 assists over five seasons. During his time with the Revs, Noonan was part of three MLS Cup final teams, winning the 2007 US Open.

After a short stint in Norway with Alesund, he joined the Columbus Crew, where he was part of their 2008 team that won the MLS Cup and the Fans Shield. He later went on to play for the Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy, where he was part of the team that won the 2012 MLS Cup.

At the international level, Noonan played 15 matches for the US national team, and scored one goal in the 2005 friendly match against Colombia.

“We have prioritized the MLS experience,” Albright said. “We’ve met many great candidates, screened a lot of candidates, and the finalists have come to market, meet ownership. In the end, Pat was the best choice for the job. He outdid the other candidates.”

Cincinnati finished 24th, 26th and 27th overall in all three MLS seasons. It has four wins, 22 losses and eight draws this year.

Alan Koch coached Cincinnati in the lower-tier United Soccer League and stayed with him at the start of his first season in Major League Soccer in 2019. He was fired in May and temporarily replaced by assistant Yoan Damet, and Ron Gans was appointed in August. .

Jans resigned in February 2020 after an MLS investigation found that he had used racial insult in the locker room and made other disturbing comments. Damet took charge again on a temporary basis, and former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam was signed in May.

Stam was sacked on 27 September after a period that included one win, eight losses and seven draws in 16 games, with coach Tyrone Marshall taking over as interim coach. General Manager Gerard Nijkamp left in August and was replaced on 4 October by Albright.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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