Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is suiting up for yet another season of professional soccer.
The 41-year old has decided to play on for the Seattle Sounders after indicating that 2013 may have been his last campaign.
Former Reading, Wolves, Fulham and Everton gloveman Hahnemann was desolate after the Sounders were beaten by Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers in last season’s playoffs but has since changed his mind on his playing future.
“Well, I mean, the season ends, and when you lose in the playoffs, it always sucks, you know? It was so quick and final. You’re done,” he said in an interview with the Seattle Times.
“There is no way to explain it, because you’re planning to keep going. Then, all of a sudden, ‘Oh, we’re free next week.’ I don’t know. It’s just kind of weird.
“Through all the years, you still don’t get used to it. So that day, you just feel kind of funny. There is no way you can make a decision on that. You’re so disappointed with what just happened and everything.
“I think it was like a week later where I went for a run, a little trail run where I take my dog. My dog is lazy, so when I’ve run with him, it’s not very fast. It’s three miles, and up and down hills, and the hills are massive, and I came back and I didn’t feel that bad. I said, ‘You know what? I can do this.’ If I can do that pretty much four days a week in the offseason, I can come back and be able to train again.
“That’s the hard part — you don’t recover as quickly the older you get. So we’re just going to go and hopefully push super hard and see how far we can take it this year. That’s the plan.
“I felt pretty good in training, a little bit slow, but I think everybody is, you know? That’s the way it is the first day of training.”
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