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Five quick notes from Ljungberg’s return

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm with 3 Comments »
February 1, 2010 3:32 pm

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.

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  1. ravegreen1 says:

    Ljungberg open to returning …. And pigs will fly and sing elvis songs.

  2. derekyoung says:

    Actually I could see it happening. Ljungberg is getting up there in years and so his standard of clubs he’d prefer to play for are rapidly moving past him. Not saying it’s a definite thing, but his primary issue this off-season seemed to be concern about a potential work stoppage. He also seems to enjoy the freedom that playing in the MLS gives him. Even the chance to go snowboarding would be out of the question in Europe. Those are little quality of life things that I think do seem to make a difference in his mind.

    Sometimes it’s hard to get into that Swedish brain of his, but I don’t think he’s going to leave us for anything less than a Champions League contender and I don’t see that happening.

    My goal for Freddie in 2010: No blood sugar related absences. :)

  3. theSouthSounder says:

    I would like to see a bit more of a professional attitude on the field from Freddie. There were several instances last year of him not even being involved with a play and then talking his way to a card. If I remember correctly, one time was for a second yellow resulting in a red and the other was getting a yellow that pushed him over the limit. Both of these resulted in game suspensions. I understand the officiating is not what it is in Europe, but he’s got to deal with it.

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