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Marcus Hahnemann




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Hahnemann is a charismatic Seattle-born stopper who became a virtual ever-present during his time at Reading.

Starting his career States-side, Hahnemann arrived in England with Fulham from Colorado Rapids in 1999. He only made four appearances for the London club as the arrival of Edwin Van Der Sar saw him drop down the pecking order.

After a short loan spell at Rochdale, he was drafted in by Alan Pardew and played a part in the club’s promotion to the second tier that season. That wasn’t to be his last move up in a Reading shirt.

He brilliantly marshalled a watertight back four to guide the Royals into the Premier League and was named as Championship goalkeeper of the year for his achievements; he was rested for only one game, and that came after promotion and the title had already been bagged.

A lover of heavy metal, all things mechanical and a big American Football fan, the straight-talking Hahnemann continued to impress in the Premier League, as in the clubs first ever season, he served with an inspiring 13 clean sheets.

The resulting season however saw a contrast in the run of form. Despite keeping eight clean sheets, his efforts among the backline weren’t enough to keep the Royals afloat, and on the final day of the season, we were relegated on goal difference.

Hahnemann stayed with the club for the resulting season as we attempted an immediate return to the top flight but dreams were cut short when the Royals lost to Burnley 3-0 in the Play-off semi-finals.    

The US international looked to extend his top flight career with a move to Wolves in 2009 and then Everton in 2011.

Whilst having made it into the first team at Molineux for the duration of a season, a run of under par performances saw him move to Everton on a short term deal.

He was released in May without making a first team appearance, moving back to Sounders where he had begun his professional career. After a handful of appearances, the Reading legend announced his retirement from football on 8th December 2014, aged 42.