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With the window closing until the MLS roster freeze deadline, a potentially major signing is in the offing for one team.
Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has signed with MLS and will be assigned to a team through the allocation order, the league announced Friday afternoon. Hahnemann was most recently with Everton last year as the third-string goalkeeper behind Tim Howard and Jan Mucha and did not play a single game. He has not played a competitive match in more than a year after becoming the backup at Wolverhampton in the 2010-11 season. He was the third goalkeeper on the U.S. World Cup roster in 2006 and 2010 and a backup on the U.S. Gold Cup roster in 2011.
Hahnemann, 40, played in MLS for the Colorado Rapids from 1997-1999 before bolting for a lengthy career in Europe. He has been linked at various times to the Seattle Sounders for more than a year, but the Sounders sit 10th in the league's allocation order, meaning it would take either a trade or nine teams passing on Hahnemann for him to return to his native city, where he played collegiately and for the A-League Sounders.
Following the New England Revolution's selection of Juan Toja, Toronto FC tops the allocation order. The Reds are followed by Chivas USA, the San Jose Earthquakes, D.C. United, Portland Timbers, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle to round out the top 10 in the sequence, which essentialy becomes irrelevant after Friday, as no new players will be able to sign this season.
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