|Marcus Hahnemann - birthday|
|daib0||15 June 2012|
A thousand miles away, but just round the corner in spirit
Happy birthday Marcus!
Marcus Hahnemann (born June 15, 1972) is an American international soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper. Graduating out of Seattle Pacific University, he played for the Seattle Sounders between 1994 and 1996. Between 1997 and 1999 he turned out for the Colorado Rapids, signing with English club Fulham in 1999. Unable to become the first-choice goalkeeper at Fulham, he enjoyed loan spells with Rochdale and Reading, before signing permanently with Reading in 2002. Hahnemann joined Reading permanently in Summer 2002 on a free transfer, becoming their first choice 'keeper.
His first full season with the Royals saw them miss out on promotion to the Premier League in the play-offs, before two successive seasons saw them narrowly fall short of further play-off finishes. He missed just one game of the 2005–06 season that saw Reading win promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in their history, as they topped the Championship with a record 106 points. He was named in that season's Championship Team of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association.
His first season in the Premier League saw him keep thirteen clean sheets as the club finished eighth, only one place short of European qualification. He made the most saves (139) in the Premier League during 2007, but could not halt relegation in their second Premier League campaign. He remained with the club for one further season as they attempted an immediate return back to the top level, but Reading ultimately lost out to Burnley in the play-off semi finals.
Subsequently Reading announced that they would not renew Hahnemann's contract making him a free agent. In 2009, following 276 league appearances for the club, he transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers