Nashville, TN: Marcus Hahnemann hadn't started in goal for the USA since October of 2007 and of late hasn't been in the starting lineup for Wolvehampton Wanders, but the big 'keeper didn't look very rusty on Tuesday night at LP Field in Nashville, and seemed incredibly pleased to be back on the pitch.
"It was great," Hahnemann said after the match. "(My) first game was in ’94 so that’s like 17 years now. It’s been a long time and the caps are not that easy to come by. We’ve always had good keepers. Tim (Howard) played in the World Cup and we’ve got (Brad) Guzan as well, and (I'm) just happy to be part of the team and have a chance to play again. Everyone knows how much I love coming back here and we have a great time with all the guys and just enjoy it."
The short trip back to the USA may have been a nice break from the daily routine for a player who admitted that this season has been "a little bit" frustrating. Thus, rumors have been rampant that one of Hahnemann's next trips across the pond may be more permanent.
"I started off the season playing and I was playing really well and we just weren’t getting the results," Hahnemann said of his situation at Wolves. "We were in the bottom and the manager decides to change it and put (Wayne) Hennessey in, who’s a good keeper, but you know, it’s just one of those things. The reason [the coach] gave me, he goes, ‘You didn’t have the same effect on the guys as you did last year’. Which means we weren’t picking up wins, but we’re still on the bottom, so that hasn’t changed and the saves I was making I thought I was keeping our team in it. A little bit frustrating - but that’s the way it goes. I’m out of contract in the summer, so I’ll be looking for stuff and I’m not sure what Wolves want to do; if they want to keep me. So we’ll be seeing where I’m going to be at next year."
And, when asked if he had thoughts about coming back to the States, the keeper didn't shy away from talking about a possible Major League Soccer move.
"There’s definitely a lot of thoughts about coming back to the MLS. I just don’t know if it’s the right thing for me and my family right now. It’s so much pressure coming back, and that was always the plan, to come back. With Portland, Vancouver in there, Seattle, Kasey (Keller) saying he’s playing one more year, all these things it seems like it’s kind of fitting in for me to come back. And, I don’t know, if the timing is right, we’ll do it."
Despite giving up the only goal of the night, Hahnemann made a couple of big saves at the end of the first half to keep the USA in the match, showing that he still has the ability, so there is sure to be plenty of interest when the time comes for the goalkeepr to make that decision about joining MLS.
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