Thursday, May 17, 2007
According to freshly appointed US National Team boss Bob Bradley, Reading star Marcus Hahnemann will be left out of Gold Cup and Copa America to give the burly keeper a breather.

The coach did reveal that this decision was taken before the Royals backstop suffered a broken hand in their Premiership season closer.

"Prior to the injury, Marcus and I spoke on the phone, and after a long season for him we both agreed at that point that he would not be part of the roster for either the Gold Cup or Copa America," Bradley told a Wednesday conference call.

"I ensured him that he is still very much on the radar screen, and that when he gets back next year, we’ll continue to look to him as a possible choice."

"It was a very good conversation, and I have tremendous respect for the year he had and the year Reading had. In a lot of ways it makes sense for him to have a little bit of a break."

Over the past two seasons, Hahnemann has played 85 games for Reading, who recently concluded their debut Premiership season with a respectable eighth place finish.

The Washington native is due to have surgery, complete with a metal plate and pins, that is expected to keep on the shelf for at least six weeks.