Sounders FC is bringing former United States national team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann back to his hometown of Seattle.
Hahnemann, 40, had been without a club since May, when he was released by Everton of the English Premier League. He signed a contract with Major League Soccer, where his initial allocation rights belonged to Toronto FC.
Seattle, which was 10th in allocation order, acquired him Friday for a conditional draft choice.
“This is where I started my career, and I wanted to finish here,” Hahnemann said in a news release from the club. “This is what we’ve always dreamed would happen in Seattle, and what I always wanted when I was here.”
Hahnemann was a three-year letterman at Kentridge High School and a three-time All-American at Seattle Pacific University before beginning his professional career in 1994 with the A-League Sounders. He moved to the MLS Colorado Rapids from 1997-1999 before heading to Europe. There, he made more than 300 appearances at Fulham, Reading, Wolverhampton and Everton.
He has nine caps with the USA national team and was part of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams.
Seattle already has four goalkeepers on its roster, including starter Michael Gspurning, who leads MLS with a 0.74 goals-against average. The others are veteran Andrew Weber and 2011 draft picks Josh Ford and Bryan Meredith.
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