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Freddie doesn’t train; but Fredy — AND LEO — do

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 31, 2009 at 7:45 pm with No Comments »
July 31, 2009 7:45 pm

Freddie Ljungberg did not return to Sounders training today, apparently still feeling the effects of his migraines.


However, Fredy Montero did train, and there has still be no official announcement about his joining the Colombian national team.


Also working today was defender Leonardo Gonzalez, who was signed almost a month ago and has finally met his new club after duty with the Costa Rican national team.


Here are some quotes from Gonzalez, translated by the Sounders:


On joining Sounders FC: "It’s a good opportunity to play in Seattle with an MLS team that is doing a lot of good things in the league. I am excited to be able to try to contribute to the team."


On choosing Sounders FC: "I had a chance to come a couple of months ago, and I had a chance to meet the team and see the city. Immediately, I saw what the team was trying to accomplish. It’s a new team, but I saw that they had great ambitions in this league. I think it is a great opportunity for me as a player to grow and continue my career."


On his style of play: "I am a left back who is technically pretty sound. I like to get forward in the attack. I feel like I am pretty good defensively, and I want to be somebody who can do my role and do whatever it takes to allow the team to have success."


On how he fits with the Sounders: "I had the opportunity to watch some games in Costa Rica and see the way the team plays. I think I can fit in well with a system that likes to get forward and to attack. I can be able to fit into the style of the team."


SIGI SCHMID on Gonzalez: "He just got in last night so we wanted him to just take part in the warm-up and train with the team a little bit, do a little work with Dave (Tenney), and got him in on the crossing and finishing. In the first game, here’s somebody who is really important: You don’t want to throw him in there before he has really got a little bit of knowledge of the team and integration in the team. He is obviously somebody we are looking at at the left back position. He can also play wide left and midfield. He can play as a center back as well."


On Gonzalez playing at San Jose on Sunday: "We will see how he feels. He has got a physical scheduled for this afternoon. We will see how he feels (Saturday) morning and then we will make our final decision. … You always want to bring a new player into a good situation. You don’t want to make it a difficult situation."

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