Freddie Ljungberg returned to the Sounders today, and we got to talk a bit with him, captain Kasey Keller and coach Sigi Schmid.
I’ll be back with more details later, but here’s what struck me as the highlights:
*Keller and Ljungberg apparently had a face-to-face talk about Ljungberg’s late arrival and apparently Keller’s comments from last week about that late arrival. Ljungberg said he was disappointed that his teammate took his criticism public. Keller and Schmid seemed more interested in keeping the content of today’s meeting in-house.
*Schmid also said any possible discipline against Ljungberg also would be kept in-house. But he also seemed to imply that there really was a misunderstanding and that Ljungberg’s late arrival was — if not quite excused — was at least understandable.
* Ljungberg said he’s fit, and that since European preseason is only about four weeks long, he seems to have no doubt that he’ll have plenty of time to prepare for the season.
*Schmid said Ljungberg’s role on the pitch may continue to evolve between forward or attacking midfielder. But he made clear that he wants more goals from Ljungberg thise season.
*Ljungberg said he is open to returning to the Sounders in 2011 if a new contract or contract extension could be worked out.