Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer has revealed that the club convinced Marcus Hahnemann to put aside his lifestyle of leisure for a little longer.
The 40-year old goalkeeper was released from a short-term contract with Everton at the end of the last English Premier League season and decided he would return home to Seattle and go about his retirement quietly.
"I think Marcus was starting to set himself up for a bit of a life of leisure," Hanauer said.
"And we gave him a call and told him to hold off on the fishing and hunting at least a little longer.”
He added: "It was all soccer. We wouldn't have done it for sentiment.
"We think he's still got good goalkeeping in him. It's an added bonus if there's a bit of sentiment in there. But we're in the business of winning championships, and as much as I love Marcus ... if he couldn't do the business, we wouldn't have signed him."