Seattle native Marcus Hahnemann made several outstanding saves and Nicky Forster scored five minutes into overtime as first-division Reading beat Swansea 1-0 yesterday and advanced...
LONDON — Seattle native Marcus Hahnemann made several outstanding saves and Nicky Forster scored five minutes into overtime as first-division Reading beat Swansea 1-0 yesterday and advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Hahnemann, 32, was a three-time All-American at Seattle Pacific and helped the Falcons win the 1993 NCAA Division II national championship. He was a standout at Kentridge High School in Kent before transferring to Newport High in Bellevue for his senior year.
Hahnemann started his pro career with the Seattle Sounders of the A-League in 1994 and played for the Sounders’ 1995 and 1996 championship teams. He made his first appearance for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in 1997 and has played in Europe since 1999.
Against Swansea, Hahnemann dived full length to his left to push Andy Robinson’s shot wide of the post in the 85th minute, then grabbed a low free kick from Lee Trundle.
In the final minute of injury time, Hahnemann twice dived low to his left to save long-range shots by Robinson.
The teams tied 1-1 at Reading on Jan. 8.
U.S. replacement team gathers
A group of 22 replacement players from minor-league teams began training in Carson, Calif., for possible use by the United States in a World Cup qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago on Feb. 9.
The players, who would be used unless an agreement is reached with the national team’s union, are from the United Soccer Leagues and the Major Indoor Soccer League.
U.S. coach Bruce Arena wouldn’t identify the players in camp.
“I haven’t finalized when I’ll release that,” Arena said. “I want to let players relax in this setting.”
The union represents all players who have been at a camp with the U.S. national team or played for the team. Jim Moorhouse, U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman, said more than 20 players from Major League Soccer were invited to camp but none accepted.
“These are all outdoor players,” Arena said. “Some may be playing indoors right now, but they’re all outdoor players. They’re a good bunch.”
The USSF and the union have been without an agreement since December 2002 and at are odds over pay. The USSF said it will use replacement players unless an agreement is reached by Feb. 1.