On the verge of retiring in 2012, Marcus Hahnemann was coaxed into finishing his goalkeeping career with Sounders FC. Now, less than two years later, he’ll likely be the club’s starting keeper in 2014. Hahnemann spoke about it in a live chat on Thursday.
How do you feel coming into preseason?
A: Terrible. I’m 41 years old and it’s one of the hardest things there is. Making it through preseason is going to be the issue for pretty much every professional athlete, and one of the reasons they retire is because they don’t want to do another preseason.
How has the dynamic changed with the keepers with the departure of Gspurning and arrival of Frei?
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A: Stefan is a great guy. I just met him and never really seen him play. Seems like a really good guy. Still have Josh Ford here, but for me I’m looking to play this year.
How are the new CB’s Marshall and Anibaba fitting in?
A: Really well. Obviously two different characters. Marshall is older, experienced, a true center back. Anibaba can play anywhere in the back. They look like great additions to our squad, that’s for sure.
What advice would you give to a smaller keeper (6 feet) on trying to make it pro?
A: Everybody comes in different shapes and sizes. For a shorter keeper, like Josh Ford who is around 6 feet, he is fast. One of the fastest guys on our team. Having that quickness and while having a “weakness” with your height on crosses, you need to make that one of your strengths. You have to be unbelievable in coming out and claiming everything in your box.
Congrats on the Sounders’ 40th anniversary. What did it mean to be part of Seattle’s championship teams in 1995-96?
A: That was a huge part of my life. I look at the two most formative times was SPU and the old Sounders. That’s when I first turned into a man at SPU, and where I sculpted my game with the old Sounders. Without that I wouldn’t be where I am today.
If there is one aspect of your goalkeeper performance you could improve, what would it be?
A: I think I have lots of things to improve on. There’s goalkeeping we work on everyday, but the older you get the more you lose some quickness and speed. That’s one thing I struggled with this preseason is getting that where I want it to be.