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Americans Abroad, Tuesday Edition

In England, USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and Reading will miss out on promotion to the Premier League after a 2-0 home loss to Burnley (3-0 on aggregate), which will face Sheffield United in the next round of playoffs. In German second-division play, goalkeeper Luis Robles , an Arizona native and University of Portland player who was drafted by D.C. United in 2007, started for Kaiserslautern in a 1-0 loss at Aachen.

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Bring Hahnemann to DC!!! Though I believe DC is second in the allocation list for incoming US players. FC Dallas is first and will most likely get first bid on him since Dario Sala is hurt for quite some while.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | May 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Hahnemann to DC would be awesome. I wonder if we have the cap room to get him. Unloading Crayton's salary would free up 190K/annual salary. Would it take (much) more to get him back?

Posted by: mbyrd28 | May 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Aachen... isn't that what Bill the Cat always said?

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 12, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Hahnemann to DC? Why would he consider it? Is his contract up? Has Reading indicated that they would like someone else in his place? Sure, he's long in the tooth, but playing at a high enough level for the Championship, no?

Anyway, if here were coming to MLS as a final step in his career, he'd probably pick Vancouver or Portland because they're closer to home.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Kaiserslautern, in sixth, is only a point away from the promotion zone (top 3), but have played a game more than most of the teams ahead of them (except Aachen). The loss really hurts their chances, with only 2 more games for them, including a match at Freiburg, who have a comfortable lead on top of the table. One more match at the Fritz-Walter Stadion (I saw the Soca Warriors go down 2-0 there, despite outplaying Paraguay), against 7th place Duisburg.

Posted by: fischy | May 12, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Hahnemann's contract is up. Reported to be "keen to stay".,19528,11095_5156871,00.html

Vancouver and Portland are still 2 years away (or, I suppose 1.5, for foreign-based players).

Reading also has Adam Federici, who got a lot of time after Marcus' injury -- and a new deal. Eventually, Hahnemann got his job back, so he might still be the guy there. I guess the question would be how this loss might change Reading's outlook. If they were heading into the EPL, they'd go with Hahnemann. Now...?

Posted by: fischy | May 12, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

What about getting Luis Robles back??? We just threw a guy away that we could still use? I am 2007 was not that long ago, how come he left? Crayton is just no good. He looks like he is 40 year old out there, yet he is only 31...Kocic is out best shot for now...

Posted by: alan19 | May 12, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think hahnemann is gone. His contract is up and they can't afford him. Federici did very well and I gotta believe that they'll go with him. Would love to have him here although I'm sure there are several Championship League teams that could use a good keeper.

Coppell is gone - announced on the Reading site which probably puts the final nail in the coffin.

Posted by: Beckster1 | May 12, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse


We drafted Robles, but he chose to go overseas for a trial with K'town and signed shortly after that. He never even joined a DC training camp.

Posted by: jason1551 | May 12, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification on Hahnemann. Given that he got his starting job back quickly after returning from injury, I would think that he has another year or so left in England.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Screw the march and the e-mails to local gov't. Everyone, support the stadium effort by driving to the games and parking illegally.

"The D.C. Council approved a $5.4 billion budget yesterday that cuts hundreds of city jobs and aims to raise millions in new revenue by issuing more than 200,000 additional parking tickets in the next fiscal year."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Jason for the clarification..So in other words we wasted a draft pick on a guy that jilted us...Great.

Posted by: alan19 | May 12, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

speaking of Americans Abroad:

May 12, 2009 (AFP) - The Portuguese city of Guimaraes and Maribor in Slovenia have been chosen as European capitals of culture in 2012, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

I think they got it because they signed Kamani Hill. Well, that and because the Portuguese kingdom was founded there in 1128. But mostly because of the Hill signing.

Posted by: troy6 | May 13, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

forget Marcus, the guy we need to poach from the Madjeski is Steve Coppell! Yeah, probably not.

Seriously, I love Marcus but he's probably not close to affordable. The man is a folk hero in Berkshire.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 13, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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