Freddie Ljungberg is part of the Sounders’ travel party to Colorado. However, what awaits him there is anyone’s guess, apparently including his doctors.
You may recall that Ljungberg has a history of migraines, and he said this week that he missed last season’s game at Colorado because his doctors feared the more-than-mile-high elevation could aggravate the condition. (And you may recall that his worst outbreak last season — one that required brief hospitalization — occurred at the All-Star Game in Utah.)
“I didn’t really understand, but that was what the doctor said,” Ljungberg said this week. “We don’t really have those altitudes in Europe, so I didn’t really know. This time I’ll definitely play.”
And even without migraines, the Sounders will still have to deal with the affects of the thin Colorado air.
“That’s what the players say: You hit the wall after 20 minutes, you get really tired,” Ljungberg said. “… It hits you quite hard so I think it’s quite important that we pace the game, that we don’t kill ourselves in the first 20, that we keep energy for the 90 minutes and play wiser.”