“Just the chance to put on the jersey one more time for real -- I cherish every moment you get a chance to do that,” he said. “There’s not going to be that many more, so you’re trying to enjoy everything you can and have as much fun as possible.”
So far, Hahnemann’s 21st season in professional soccer has been limited to a handful of appearances in the MLS Reserve League. Stefan Frei has played every minute of the Sounders’ MLS regular season.
However, coach Sigi Schmid that will change Wednesday when the Sounders meet amateur side PSA Elite of California in the fourth round of the loser-out tournament.
"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 said. "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."
Schmid was asked how Hahnemann has handled his time on the bench so far this season.
"He’s handled it well," Schmid said. "Any player that’s sitting on the bench, and says, ‘Man I love it here,’ that’s not the guy you want. You want him to be upset, to an extent. You want him to want to get after it and get on the field and be disappointed that they’re not. But on the same token, they’re pros, they’ve got to act like pros and they’ve got to understand what’s happening on the team and not disrupt the team. Marcus has done all of that. He’s been a pro, he’s worked hard at training, he’s a guy who wanted to play more minutes. He’s frustrated, but that frustration also makes him work harder. He’s done what I expected anybody in his position to do. But I’m pleased that we have two good goalkeepers."