Sounders coach Sigi Schmid confirmed today that veteran goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann would make his Sounders FC debut at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when Seattle concludes CONCACAF Champions League group play against Marathon of Honduras.
“We’re going to give Hahnemann the start tomorrow,” Schmid said. “Obviously he’s come back, and for him I’m sure it’s going to be a special moment because he gets the opportunity to play for the Sounders, which is something that he’s always wanted to do as a guy who grew up here, and played his college ball here and got big with the old USL Sounders. I think it’s going to be a special occasion for Marcus. It will be great for our fans to be able to come and see that and see the opportunity for him. It will be a unique day. He’s calm right now, but I’m sure he’ll be a little emotional before the game.”
On seeing Hahnemann progress: Definitely. I think we did the right thing on his training, where we worked and plateaued, worked and plateaued. He feels pretty good. You can see his sharpness come back, which is very good. His experience, his organizational abilities are very good when you put him into a scrimmage. He’s coming up with big saves. All of those things are still positive.
On if Hahnemann might return next season: Sure. I think that’s something that we sit down at the end of the year and talk about and discuss. For sure if Marcus has an interest, he knows what the situation is. Right now, obviously we’re very happy with Michael Gspurning, and Michael has proven himself to be our No. 1 and is very solid. But certainly if you can have somebody like Marcus, what he provides for you on the soccer field, but also what he provides for you in the locker room, and our goal is always to play in a lot of games, and so there are going to be opportunities to play there as well. It would be great if he wanted to do it, but I think at his age Marcus deserves to step away from the stage too, when he wants to. Right now he wanted to come back for this opportunity. But maybe one more year fits in.