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Report: USMNT assistant Pat Noonan ‘on the verge’ of joining the Union coaching staff

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Noonan was an assistant under Bruce Arena with LA Galaxy and with the USMNT

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The Philadelphia Union are reportedly close to hiring a new assistant coach from the United States Men’s National Team staff.

In a report published on the The Washington Post website Sunday, Steven Goff wrote that Noonan is “on the verge of becoming a Philadelphia Union assistant coach.”

The 37-year-old Ballwin, Missouri native joined the USMNT staff after Bruce Arena took over the head coaching role last November. His contract, along with the other members of the interim staff, is set to expire in March, according to Goff’s report.

The Indiana University grad served as an assistant under Arena with LA Galaxy for four seasons after his career ended with the Galaxy in 2012. He also played for New England Revolution, Aalesunds FK in Norway, Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders FC during his playing career.

While he was never a teammate of Union head coach Jim Curtin or Technical Director Chris Albright, all three played in MLS at the same time.

Noonan reportedly interviewed for the New England Revolution head coaching job in the fall.

Should he join the Union staff, he would fill a vacancy created by the departure of Mike Sorber, who left the club in December to join his former boss Bob Bradley at Los Angeles FC. Sorber served on Bradley’s staff when he coached the USMNT and also played under Bradley while with the Chicago Fire.

The Union organization has had three coaching departures this offseason with Sorber, goalkeeper coach Ola Nikolov and Bethlehem Steel FC assistant and U19 head coach Jeff Cook all leaving.