Tonight's 3-1 win over Marathon marked a return to the pitch for goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, 16 years and 18 days since his last appearance with the USL Sounders and about a month since coming out of retirement to join these MLS Sounders.
Here's what Hahnemann had to say afterward:
On his impressions on his first game for the Sounders: "Well it's not my first game for the Sounders. It' been a long time. I think Frank MacDonald tweeted and said it's been 16 years, 18 days in between Sounders appearances which is a pretty big deal. You guys yesterday asked me when my last game was, and I had to sit and think about it. It's been a while as well. To really get back out there, and the training has been great and I've been getting sharper every day but to actually get out there on the field, it was awesome." On if he felt like he played well or if he felt like there was some rust: "A little bit. I think my kicking could've been better, and my quad is about to fall off because haven't kicked that many balls. You know you can do everything you want in training, but that sort of stuff always gets you. My positioning I thought was pretty good...There are always things you can improve on. There was one I caught and I could've just chested it down and waste a little bit more time. I think I could throw the ball out a little more, which Sigi [Schmid] is going to probably give me an earful, but I'm not used to giving the ball out, I'm used to pumping it as far as I can. Everybody has got a learning curve, but I thought today was pretty good." On the goal allowed: "Well I had the guy sneak through and it was a really good run for him, and then I had come out and he shanked out something, I don't know what it was, and it went right to their guy. I'm sure it was offside." On the crowd of 7,874: "It was 67,000 I thought today. That's what it felt like. It felt pretty good, it doesn't matter and you still have the ECS, I know there's not as many of them, but they are cheering the whole game and we can all here that. It doesn't matter, it was an awesome experience." On growing up in Seattle and seeing how the team has grown, does it make it any sweeter: "Yeah, I mean you're driving down the road and you see scarves in people's cars. Kids are walking around wearing Sounders shirts all over town, and not just kids, you see adults. I mean everybody has really taken to the team. The coverage from the news is all really good. We have highlights and all the games are on TV. The whole coverage and everything is better. When we play Portland there are 67,000 and it's just a league game. I know it's not just a league game because it's Portland, but still that sort of crowd is incredible. To be a part of that is truly remarkable that I actually got a chance because I thought I was all done and retired, and I was kind of happy with that, but I'm glad Sigi wanted me to come back."
Here's what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:
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"I thought Marcus played well. I know with about 15 minutes to go I turned to [Goalkeeper coach] Tommy Dutra and said, 'That's not a bad backup goalkeeper. That's pretty good.' So it's something that you could see his experience, you could see him talking to the players in front of him. Those are things that you only get through years of playing and the confidence that he has in himself. I know he was unhappy he said with his kicking, his sharpness at certain times-that's that final game phase that you get in to. Certainly, I don't think, with Marcus now in shape, there's a team in the league with two better goalkeepers than [Michael] Gspurning and Hahnemann. That's something that makes you feel really good as a coach and I know the team has a lot of confidence in them."