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October 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

A stop and chat with Marcus Hahnemann

hahnemann mug new.jpgIt has been almost a month since Seattle native Marcus Hahnemann came out of retirement and signed with Sounders FC. Retirement, of course, meant it would take him some time to get back in shape and back in rhythm.

So here’s an update with the veteran goalkeeper after a few weeks of training:

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(People have asked when you’re going to start tweeting more. What do you think?) “I’ve been thinking about it. I don’t know. I’m doing stuff for charity today, too, and you think it’s such a good medium for that because you can reach so many people. Then I decided I don’t know.”

(When was your last tweet? A year ago?) “No, I probably did something in England before I left. … People are like, ‘You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to do it.’ Some of the stuff is kind of interesting about the whole tweeting — media now is so different. I don’t know. I might do it.”

“I’m just going to end up getting myself in trouble. … I don’t want to say, ‘Hey, I just got my season passes for Snoqualmie!’ You know what I mean? Or, ‘My new KTM just arrived here today!’ … You have to be careful.”

(Your coaches said they’ve seen a lot of improvement from you in the the past few days?) “The first two weeks I struggled. It was hard. I think the worst part is preseason is always hard, but I had more time off than you normally have. Then you had the fact that I thought I was actually retired, and I was enjoying it. I was eating whatever you want for the first time in 20 some years, and you could do that every day. Sure, you go, ‘Well, you always had free days, where you could do what you want,’ but it’s not the same as every day going, ‘Hmm, what do I want to do today? I want to go fishing and I’m going to eat whatever. Chips. Beers in the early afternoon? It doesn’t matter. Oh, I did that yesterday? Doesn’t matter. This is vacation now.’

“I was just trying to figure out what’s going on. So the long time off, then that retired mentality, and I was enjoying myself. I think I deserved that. Then all of a sudden you go, ‘Hey, do you want to play again?’ It sounded like a great idea, and I came out on a day with Tommy and, yeah, it felt fine. One day, no problem. All of a sudden when it went two days in a row, and weights, and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ My whole body was not cooperating very well. Then you got through two weeks and the third week I’m like, ‘Wait, I feel good.’ Then the hard part, too, is we do all our goalkeeper training in the beginning, which is all pretty controlled, where you’re kind of doing the hard physical side of it then doing some handling. Then you’re doing the shooting drills and the games (with the team), where you have to be really dynamic and moving around, and (my legs didn’t work) anymore at that stage. So I looked even worse than I think I felt, which wasn’t good. But last week it was like every day just felt better and better and better. On Friday, I felt as good as I’ve felt in a long time training. Friday training in the stadium then Saturday here was as good as I’ve ever felt, aside from still being a little heavy. But I felt good. I felt like I had power in my legs. Coming for crosses, I could get off the ground. I feel like you’re getting up there and you don’t have to adjust your timing because you know you can’t actually get there. Everything felt really good, and that’s nice.”

(With a bye week, does it feel like it could be a productive one?) “Feels like a long week, with training three days in a row and then off Saturday and then another three days and then the game. It’s a good chance to get a whole bunch of work in. You guys saw today; (training) was fairly short. We played a game and did some work with the keepers. The game was really good. They were going to call it earlier and everybody was like, ‘One more game! One more game! One more game!’ We were just having a good time. It kind of shows the spirit of the team. It’s really been a fun atmosphere to be around. A lot of different faces, but everyone is great.”

(Do you think your debut could be coming in the next few games?) “I don’t know. Hopefully.”

(If they asked if you’re ready, would you say yes?) “Yeah. Weber’s been on the bench. I’m trying to kick him off first, and I’ve got some work to do. He’s been on fire. But I’m just going out and doing whatever I can. What’s great, too, is I think with my experience I can go talk to a lot of the guys, and whoever it is, nobody’s got any bad attitudes. I can tell what it’s like from my point of view — even the forwards, I try to help them out. … I haven’t been told to (buzz) off yet, so it’s been pretty good.”

(Is it hard to get enough reps with five goalkeepers under contract?) “Not really. We seem to get enough. Sometimes we’ll break off in two or three groups when we’re doing the small stuff. The games are where when that becomes an issue; you can easily play all the games. Me and Meredith switched off today and it was just because Michael just did his stuff and went in. We were switching off every goal, so there’s no problem.”

(You mentioned you’re still a bit heavy. Have you lost any weight?) “No, because you just end up putting on muscle. Even though you feel great, you look a little bit different, it’s still the same weight. We’ve been pounding the weight room and stuff and getting that strength back, as well, which is mainly my leg stuff. I just mainly do dead lift, power cleans and squats. Then we’ll do lots of different core exercises, but I don’t even do bench press. I do pushups and different types of pushups and things like that, but I’ve never done (bench press) because I feel like I get too big. I should’ve been playing American football.”


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