Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has suggested he could play on until he is 47.
The 40-year old former Fulham, Reading and Wolves gloveman is saddling up for the 2013 MLS season with hometown team the Sounders and is feeling in fairly good shape after producing a stellar performance in the Desert Diamond Cup final win over Real Salt Lake on the weekend.
“I’ve never relied on my quickness,” Hahnemann told MLSsoccer.com. “I’ve always just been about positioning and making them beat me.
“That’s the part you don’t lose, which is one of the things where someone like me can go a little bit longer than somebody who relies on their quickness.”
When asked what age he could play until, the former USA international responded with a smile: “Forty-seven!.
“If I can still do it and my body can still do it. Right now, I’m having fun. Those two things have to go hand in hand.”
And Hahnemann added that he would play any role the coaching staff required of him: “Whatever they need. If they need me to play, I plan to be ready. If they want me to be the backup, I’ll do that.
“That’s what being a goalie is. We have lots of games and really quick turnarounds and hopefully I get a few games in there.”