Columbus announced Wednesday that it has acquired former MLS All-Star Pat Noonan from the New England Revolution in exchange for the Crew's natural first-round selection in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.
The teams also traded spots in the current 2008 allocation standings -- with Columbus moving into the 10th spot and New England moving to third -- and agreed to considerations regarding 2009 allocation rankings.
"I am excited at the opportunity to return to MLS and especially to join the Columbus Crew," said Noonan. "I think it will be a great fit and I look forward to helping a team that is in a great spot to make a run for an MLS title."
The 28-year-old Noonan joins the Crew after a short stint with Aalesunds FK of the Norwegian Premier League where he made 11 appearances after signing in January. Previously, Noonan played five seasons for the Revolution, which originally selected him in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.
"I think we're obviously adding a quality player who brings another dimension and further options to our attack as we enter the final third of the season and playoff push," said Crew coach Sigi Schmid. "He has had a lot of success in this league and we look forward to having him for many good years in Columbus."