TUKWILA, Wash. — Marcus Hahnemann may get his chance to start in front of his hometown fans after all.
The Seattle native was declared a “game-time decision” for Saturday’s game against FC Dallas (10:30 pm ET; MLS Live) by Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, making it at least possible that Hahnemann could get his first-ever regular season start with the Rave Green. His only two previous appearances came in CONCACAF Champions League play.
Hahnemann has been nursing a hamstring strain he suffered a few weeks ago in a Reserve League match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. His injury happened less than a week before Michael Gspurning went down with a forearm injury from which he’s still recovering. With their top two goalkeepers out, the Sounders have started Andrew Weber in each of the past two games.
From the sound of it, the 41-year-old Hahnemann will have the final call as to whether or not he can play after being a full participant in the training sessions on Thursday and Friday.
“Experienced players you always turn to them and trust them,” Schmid said. “Just like last week, I talked to Djimi Traoré and asked if he could go. Look, I’m going to trust you until you give me something not to trust you on.
“With Marcus having played as many games as he has I think he knows how his body should feel, how close he is to 100 percent. He should know if he’s ready to go.”
Hahnemann came to the Sounders late last year after spending the previous 13 seasons in England. His career included more than 300 league appearances with various English clubs and being named to two World Cup rosters.