MLS- Seattle Sounders

Red Bulls not after Hahnemann, Soler claims he's "on his way to Seattle"

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The New York Red Bulls' goalkeeper situation isn't getting any better.

After moving star player Dwayne DeRosario to DC United on June 27th, speculation was rife that the club was looking to bring in a top quality goalkeeper to fill the void between the sticks.

Current keepers Greg Sutton and Bouna Coundoul have both had their fair share of gaffes in the last few weeks and have seemingly forced the hand of current General Manager/Sporting Director Erik Soler in looking for a replacement.

USMNT keeper Marcus Hahnemann was thought to be high up on the club's shortlist of targets, but, according to an interview Soler gave ESPN.com, Hahnemann is "on his way to Seattle".

Hahnemann grew up in the Seattle area, played collegiately for Seattle Pacific University and, after recently being released from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, it was thought that Hahnemann was thinking about returning to the area — making a move to the Sounders look like an attractive option.

Though he would have to fall through the allocation order to Seattle, the statement from Soler makes the move seemingly more likely.  With current goalkeeper Kasey Keller set to retire at the end of the season, the club is exploring its options at the position.

Hahnemann started out his senior career with the Sounders before moving to the Colorado Rapids and eventually to Europe, where he found a home at Reading FC.  The American made 276 appearances for Reading in seven seasons with the club and was hugely popular among the fan base.

After leaving with Wolves, the 39-year-old may well be looking to return to his native area and wind down what has been a long professional career.


What do you think about this development? Can you see Hahnemann going to Seattle? What goalkeeper would you like to see the Red Bulls sign?

Share your thoughts below.

  • CVO

    What is the current allocation order?

    Also, if the Flounders sign him as a DP, doesn’t that override the allocation process?


  • James Bray

    Sounders fan here. I’d love to have Marcus in Rave Green, but I’m worried what the team would have to give up to get him due to the allocation order.
    If he’s healthy, you’d have to think the Red Bulls would look at Zach Thornton.


  • PDXblows

    I’m an SSFC supporter and I cringe at the thought… I’d rather Pay big dough for a Tally Hall type


  • maka

    The New York Red Bulls’ goalkeeper situation isn’t getting any better.

    After moving star player Dwayne DeRosario to DC United on June 27th, speculation was rife that the club was looking to bring in a top quality goalkeeper to fill the void between the sticks.

    What Soler said was, “We are looking for a goalkeeper, that’s one position. In the other position, we are looking for somebody who can go straight into the lineup.”

    That sounds like the situation will get better.


  • A wise man once

    The headline could use a bit of work here… It sounds like Soler is on his way to Seattle :D


  • MC Pharaoh

    Seattle is trying to sign Lucas Neill, a DP striker, & Hahnemann? dont think so, sorry…


  • Jeremy

    NYRB really need an upgrade. I am convinced that Condoul/Sutton are the worst in the league. Can’t even think of who is close to as bad.


  • blah-zay

    Seattle seems to be making a habit of acquiring former USMNT goalkeepers.


  • stellarcaster

    how about a loan deal for brad guzan? he needs playing time and may consider a move beack to MLS for a season or two. he could also come back on loan for the 2nd 1/2 of this MLS season and be back in Europe for the Jan transfer window.


  • chris

    You know what not that bad of idea but I believe guzan would be dp and he’s not scandanavian


  • John H.

    haha that pic makes it look like he is talking about his penis or something


  • Keith G.

    Timo Hildebrand is a free agent and I would love to see him playing for the Red Bulls. If they brought him in, that would be the biggest GK pick up by any MLS Club.


  • TBrodie

    Goff is Tweeting of possibility of Danish GK Brian Jensen (Burnley since 2003) to Red Bulls. It couldn’t hurt, but who’s their current keeper coach to take some of the flak for these guys?


  • Upstate Jason

    1.Chivas USA, 2.Philly, 3.Houston, 4.TFC, 5.Chicago, 6.KC, 7.Seattle, 8.Columbus, 9.NY, 10.RSL, 11.San Jose, 12.LA, 13.Dallas, 14.Colorado, 15.Vancouver, 16.Portland, 17.DC, 18.New England.

    The DP does not override allocation order for returning US national team players.


  • Starla

    He signed a new contract recently worth several million $ a year. He was born in Philadelphia.


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