Sounders FC today acquired Marcus Hahnemann, a Seattle native who went on to be a two-time USA World Cup goalkeeper.
Hahnemann had signed with Major League Soccer earlier in the day. However, according the MLS allocation order, Toronto FC was first in line for his rights, while the Sounders were 10th. However, Seattle acquired those rights by sending a conditional draft pick to Toronto.
Here is the news release from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC has acquired U.S. international goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann via allocation, the club announced today. Seattle acquired the No. 1 selection in Major League Soccer’s allocation process from Toronto FC in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Hahnemann will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Clearance.
“Adding Marcus for the final stretch gives us experience and quality on and off the field to supplement our current core of goalkeepers,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid.
Hahnemann, 40, returns to MLS after 13 years and over 300 appearances in the English Premier League for Fulham FC, Reading FC, Wolverhampton and Everton FC. He also has nine caps for the U.S. National Team and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams.
“This is where I started my career and I wanted to finish here,” said Hahnemann. “This is what we’ve always dreamed would happen in Seattle, and what I always wanted when I was here.”
Hahnemann began his MLS career in 1997 with the Colorado Rapids. He played three seasons with Colorado, posting a 39-25 record in 66 appearances, before joining Fulham in 1999. Hahnemann then moved to Reading where he became a mainstay for The Royals, making over 250 appearances from 2002-2009 and helping the club gain promotion to the EPL in 2005-06. Hahnemann also played for Wolverhampton from 2009-11, and most recently played with Everton from 2011-12.
The Seattle native began his professional career for the A-League Sounders in 1994 after a prolific career for Seattle Pacific University, where he was a three-time All-American and helped SPU to the 1993 Division II National Championship. The six-foot-three goalkeeper was an All-Star in his rookie year and led the Sounders to the A-League title in 1996.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Acquired goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington
Hometown (Citizenship): Seattle, Washington (USA)
Last Club: Everton FC (England, 2011-12)
Previous Clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (England, 2009-11), Reading FC (England, 2002-09), Fullham FC (England, 1999-02), Colorado Rapids (USA, 1997-99), Seattle Sounders (USA, 1994-96).
Here is some of Hahnemann’s biography from the MLS release:
The Seattle native began his career in 1994 with his hometown Sounders, then of the USL. He then joined the Colorado Rapids in 1997 and helped them reach MLS Cup for the first time in franchise history. He remained in Colorado until 1999, making 66 appearances for the MLS club before heading to Europe.
Hahnemann first landed at Fulham, then also played at Rochdale and Reading on loan before joining Reading permanently in 2002. He famously helped the Royals gain promotion to the Premier League for the 2006-07 season alongside fellow US international Bobby Convey. He later joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and then most recently Everton, where he played understudy to Tim Howard but never made a first-team appearance.
He has been without a club since May when he was released by Everton.
Hahnemann has nine caps for the US national team and was part of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads.
Seattle already has four goalkeepers on its roster, including stater Michael Gspurning, who leads Major League Soccer with a 0.74 goals-against average. The others are veteran Andrew Weber and second-year former draft picks Josh Ford and Bryan Meredith.
We should have more information, and perhaps hear from Hahnemann later.