The LA Galaxy announced today that Pat Noonan has elected to retire as a player and will join the club's coaching staff as an assistant coach starting immediately.

A 10-year MLS veteran who appeared in 10 regular season games for the Galaxy in 2012, Noonan won MLS Cup twice during his career, helping the Columbus Crew win their first championship in 2008 and the Galaxy to their second straight title last season. Noonan will join Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan, Assistant Coach/Reserve Team Head Coach Curt Onalfo and Goalkeeper Coach Ian Feuer on Bruce Arena's coaching staff.

"I have the utmost respect for Bruce and all the coaches here with the Galaxy and could not think of a better club with which to begin my coaching career," Noonan said. "I am truly grateful for the all the things that I have been able to experience and all of the wonderful people that I was able to meet during my 10 years playing this game professionally. I look forward to continuing that journey as I begin the next chapter of my soccer career."