Marcus Hahnemann was on the other end of CenturyLink Field, warming up with the rest of the Sounders FC reserves, when an incredibly unusual play happened across the field involving a fellow goalkeeper.
That, of course, was covered in a previous post, as Michael Gspurning was issued a red card in the 86th minute for intentionally handling the ball outside the penalty box, a play referee Silviu Petrescu apparently felt denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
As a result, Hahnemann came in and helped close out the game as 10-man Seattle held on to beat the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference knockout round.
There will be no controversy going into Saturday’s first leg of a conference semifinal against Portland.
Gspurning is suspended. Hahnemann will start and likely be backed up be league pool goalkeeper Doug Herrick.
Here were coach Sigi Schmid‘s thoughts on the position going forward: “Hahnemann is an experienced goalkeeper. I think our goalkeeper situation, people make a lot out of it over the last few weeks. Like I’ve said before, I think it was just two bad games, not entirely attributed to the goalkeeper but also to us not playing good defense in those two games. I feel very confident, I always have, that we have two of the better goalkeepers in the league. So we don’t lose anything, we don’t gain anything. Hahnemann’s kicking is a little better than Michael’s, so he might try to score a goal off of a goal kick or something, but that’s about it.”
Speaking of goal kicks, Hahnemann’s first on Wednesday admittedly wasn’t very good.
“I think I knocked someone’s hot dog and beer out of their hands,” he joked.
And on taking over at the biggest point of the year? Well, getting two starts recently in Portland and Dallas definitely helped.
“I played a couple of games earlier on and got a couple games (recently), now I feel like I’m ready and fit and raring to go,” Hahnemann said.