Seattle lands Hahnemann through allocation

Seattle Sounders FC has acquired Marcus Hahnemann after the goalkeeper signed with the Major League Soccer, it was announced Friday.

Hahnemann, a two-time World Cup veteran, joins the Sounders after the club obtained Toronto FC's spot atop the allocation rankings in exchange for a conditional draft pick. He has been without a club since his release from English Premier club Everton in May.

"This is where I started my career and I wanted to finish here," Hahnemann said in a Sounders club statement. "This is what we've always dreamed would happen in Seattle, and what I always wanted when I was here."

The 40-year-old began his career in 1994 with the then second-division Sounders, helping them to the A-League title in 1996. He made the move to MLS a year later, joining the Colorado Rapids and helping the club reach MLS Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Hahnemann brings an extensive European resume to Seattle, previously enjoying stints with Rochdale, Reading and Wolverhampton. He is expected to provide cover for first-choice Sounders 'keeper Michael Gspurning.

"Adding Marcus for the final stretch gives us experience and quality on and off the field to supplement our current core of goalkeepers," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said in a statement.

Hahnemann has been capped nine times for the United States national team and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads.