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Marcus Hahnemann has the bridge for U.S. Open Cup

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Sounders coach Sigi Schmid says his backup keeper will be the starter for as long as the Open Cup run lasts.

Brad White

Marcus Hahnemann will likely be the Seattle Sounders goalkeeper as long as they are alive in the U.S. Open Cup, assuming we can take head coach Sigi Schmid at face value.

"We told Marcus that we would give him the U.S. Open Cup, and we expect his experience and his abilities in goal to help us and help carry us in those games," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "It's something that I know he's looking forward to, and we're looking forward to as well. Like I've said all along, we've got two quality goalkeepers, and it's good for Marcus to get the opportunity to play here."

This is not entirely shocking news, but it is noteworthy. Last year, Hahnemann was supposed to be the Open Cup goalkeeper as well, but that only lasted one game. In previous seasons, Sounders backup goalkeeper have started early-round games but the starters have taken over as the tournament progressed. But in years past, they didn't have a backup of Hahnemann's caliber, either.

Stefan Frei seems to have the starting gig pretty well locked up right now, so this might be the final chances to see Hahnemann play. At least we won't have to worry about how seriously he takes the tournament.