Player Profile #15: Marcus Hahnemann

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

As much as any player in this organizations 40 year stuttery history Hahnemann bleeds green and blue, even if the shades have changed. Instead of retiring as a mere bench player he's back for another year and showed he could earn starts.

Marcus Hahnemann is not the type to just wait for opportunity. Instead he'll lure opportunity to him and then club it over the head. In doing so he took 633 competitive minutes, started over a not injured Gspurning and earned a return in 2014. So much for retirement in Cle Elum.

#15 Marcus Hahnemann
Nat'l Affil USA Age 41
Years Pro 20 Years Sounder 5
Pos/Role Goalkeeper
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 6 2 6
Starts 5 2 6
Mins 453 180 518

#15 Marcus Hahnemann

Almost 20 years ago Marcus signed with the A-League Sounders. Shortly after that he earned a couple trophies, a move to MLS, a spot on the United States National Team and eventually he followed Kasey Keller over the pond to play in England. Like Kasey he came back to Seattle to end his career. He has yet to win cups in the return, but he certainly showed that his time is not yet done.

Shot Stopping: More a reaction saver, than one who does it based on positioning. Compact in traffic and willing to make contact in the box. Solid, if league average, at goal prevention. A bit weak on crosses.

Distribution: Still a very traditional Anglo keeper kicking balls long and hard. Has worked in more throws, but still defaults to a punt and pray style. Not good with ball at feet and can be challenged by intrepid forwards.

Leadership: Few on the club ooze leadership like Hahnemann. Whether he's working with youth forwards or commanding the line he is vocal, forceful and channels his two decades of competition well. He was on the 2010 USMNT World Cup roster purely for leadership. He's got a future in coaching, and not keeper specific coaching.

While all of that is fine and dandy, this is what we'll remember about Marcus' 2013.

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Best Case 2014: If Marcus gets a chance to compete he will challenge Stefan Frei for time. But the thing that would be best for Mr. Hahnemann is a deep US Open Cup run and a chance at a trophy of his own.

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