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Ljungberg traded to Chicago Fire

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on July 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm with 7 Comments »
July 30, 2010 3:37 pm

Here’s the Sounders’ press release on the trade:

Freddie Ljungberg, an MLS Best XI selection and two-time All-Star midfielder for the Seattle Sounders FC, has been traded to the Chicago Fire today in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft.

Ljungberg, 33, led Seattle and finished fourth in MLS with nine assists in 2009. He was named the MLS October Player of the Month after assisting on the team’s final four goals of the regular season, helping the Sounders FC reach the MLS Cup Playoffs in the club’s inaugural season. Ljungberg was also a finalist for MLS Newcomer of the Year.

“Freddie is a tremendous individual and an exceptional player who contributed greatly to the huge success of Sounders FC, both on and off the field, in the past year and a half,” said Adrian Hanauer, general manager. “Freddie, along with Kasey Keller, gave this club immediate stature in the world’s game, and we are grateful for his service. We wish him all the best in Chicago.”

Said Ljungberg: “I want to start off by saying how proud I am to have been part of the most successful new franchise in MLS history, the Seattle Sounders FC. I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I first came to Seattle but I have to say that how the city and the fans have embraced me has gone beyond my wildest dreams and for that I am forever grateful.  I also want to thank my teammates who are absolutely great on and off the pitch. I have made some very close friends who I know I will be in contact with forever.”

In a related move, Sounders FC has added midfielder Alvaro Fernandez, 24, to the active roster. Fernandez, a member of the Uruguay National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was acquired on Thursday and has received his International Transfer Certificate. He is now eligible to play on Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Ljungberg was signed as Seattle’s first Designated Player on October 28, 2008. He came to Sounders FC after 10 seasons in the English Premier League. In his nine years with Arsenal he was a member of teams that won two EPL titles, three FA Cups and a UEFA Champions League final appearance.

This season the former Swedish international played in each of the first 15 Sounders FC matches (starting 14) and contributed three assists. Altogether over the two seasons he played in 37 matches (starting 35), scoring two goals and adding 12 assists.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Well I appreciated Freddie, but it was time to move on. However…

    I think the TNT should embrace it’s inner NY Post and do a full front page huge type headline “Freddie Fire-d”

    Seriously, it writes itself.

  2. EverydayFan says:

    conditional draft picks are meaningless in this league.
    until we pick up someone to fill the gap, it’s a loss for the Sounders, no question
    if they use the cap room to sign another Vagenas, it’s a huge step back
    i am in wait-and-see mode
    not happy at the moment

  3. joepublic says:

    Deeeeeee-lighted.

    Results on the field since he quit speak volumes.

    Not wild about the draft as a means of acquiring players either, but, if I am not mistaken, that’s how the Sounders got Zakuani, Seamon, that Harvard kid Fucito. … who else?

  4. EverydayFan says:

    A bird in the hand, bro
    tell me why you run any sports franchise and give away 2 all stars for nothing
    Le Toux, Ljungberg
    Not with my money, bro

  5. zombiehooliganfc says:

    I still can’t believe he’s 33, he played 43. Just not fun to watch. Got tired of his flopping and constant crying, too.

  6. blahbl4hblah says:

    Can anyone honestly say we play better with Ljunberg? Put away the EPL bias that so many people have for some reason and look at the facts. He has done nothing for us this season. When he was benched in favor of a younger lineup, we performed BETTER without him. His bratty attitude was affecting the real star of this team, Montero, and now that he is gone, Montero is back on form and playing with tremendous work rate. Something we’d never see with Ljunberg on the pitch, flopping and crying to the refs about.
    Now that we’ve picked up the young, versatile Uruguayan and Alonso is healthy we have no holes in the midfield to worry about. If we can get the back line healthy we’ll be seeing a lot more wins this season and hopefully a post-season appearance.

  7. EverydayFan says:

    We should have started guys like Fucito, Seamon, and Montano in more games early in the season, when we had Ljungberg – so you can’t compare apples to oranges, but …
    Upon reflection, and reading between the lines, it had to be done.
    The rest of the team really doesn’t want him around.

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