A very late start to Thursday’s playoff game made it hard to stay in the locker room too long afterward, but I caught up with Marcus Hahnemann for a few minutes.
The 41-year-old goalkeeper is out of contract after having joined the team midway through the 2012 season.
“I was just on a one-year (deal). I’ve been on a one-year now for the last eight years,” Hahnemann said with a laugh.
Hahnemann, at that point, said he hadn’t told the team if he wanted to come back for next season. The former A-League Sounder said he was going to talk to goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra, family and friends before making his decision.
Indications, at least, were that he was leaning toward coming back.
“I can’t do the things that I used to do, but I think I still have something to offer the team, and I still want to play,” Hahnemann said.
“My wife wants me to keep playing,” he added. “It keeps me out of her hair.”
Hahnemann went on to explain, however, that it’s not as simple as just wanting to come back and, of course, loving being a part of his hometown team. At his age, committing to another season is exactly that — a commitment. Keeping in shape being one of the primary concerns.
“I need to decide quickly so I don’t go too nuts this offseason and make sure I’m in the right frame with everything, my mind and my body, especially,” he said.
“I’m now 41, right? I’m pushing the envelope quite a bit. … It’s not like I’m 25 or 22 or 30 or 35, but my body is still hanging in there.”
This year was a good example of how the physical work — weights and conditioning as much as shooting drills — is so important. Hahnemann suffered a hamstring injury midway through the season, something he indicated might have been avoidable, and that kept him out a few games when starter Michael Gspurning went down injured.
Later on, though, the roles of starter and backup became less defined as Hahnemann and Gspurning split starts in the last six games.
“I still got some playoff games, got that little taste,” Hahnemann said. “I don’t know. When I’m not playing, I’m still disappointed. … That shows I still want to play.”