Marcus Hahnemann and Reading take on Burnley today in the second leg of their English League Championship promotion semifinal (2:40pm, Setanta USA), and if Reading cannot overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Hahnemann could wind up missing out on his last chance to return to the English Premier League.
Sure, there is the outside chance that the 36-year-old American goalkeeper could be picked up by some other low-level team in the EPL next season, but at his age, Hahnemann is probably more likely to return to MLS than the EPL. That is unless Reading can beat Burnley, and then beat Sheffield United in the promotion final.
Of course, Reading's promotion may not be enough to guarantee a return to the EPL for Hahnemann, who has seen contract talks with Reading stall, leaving Hahnemann frustrated and on the verge of becoming a free agent. You would think that a goalkeeper with 300 appearances for the club, and who would be instrumental in two EPL promotions during his career (if Reading qualifies this year) would be in a more stable situation, but business is business.
This all means that today could mark the end of a very impressive European career for one of American soccer's unsung standouts.
Where are you hoping Hahnemann will go this summer? Hoping he's in the EPL with a promoted Reading side? Would you like to see him come back to MLS (Hahnemann played for the Rapids from 1997 to 1999)? If so, then with what team?
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