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Marcus Hahnemann "To Talk To Sigi" First

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People love rumors. Often times they aren't true, and in the modern era of the internet people without a source will make claims of offers. But let's just look at Marcus Hahnemann's words to ESPN over twitter.

"I have to talk to Sigi Schmid and the guys in Seattle to see if they actually want me first."

Hahnemann is a Free this summer, and local with ties the Seattle Sounders in their A-League version (not owned by Adrian Hanauer) it was a natural question for him to be asked while in the USA. He was born close by, went to two high schools of which I am familiar (Kentridge was my own, and Newport). Many have thought that he's the natural replacement for Kasey Keller.

And it does make sense. Hahnemann is a good keeper. He can still make jaw-dropping saves, but he's also now just a non-league competition keeper in England, as his manager has gone a different direction. This would be the time to get him, but it would likely take a large chunk of change and prevent an addition of a designated player this summer. Unless Adrian, Sigi and Chris Henderson can talk him into the Keller technique of taking a few months off and training with the team.

If Seattle were to add Hahnemann it would likely end the chances of Terry Boss to start in the near term, and would give third stringers Josh Ford and Bryan Meredith a shot at the backup role in 2012. Marcus in this past English season made only 17 starts and giving up 1.64 goals per match. It is likely that his time at the top flight is done, as a starter.

So could he come home? Could he come to where he was featured on the display by the ECS of the historical dominance? Would he willing to take a major pay-cut and not play for several months?

I guess he'll have to talk to Sigi first.

UPDATE: Joshua Mayers has a statement from Adrian.