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Archives: Dec. 2010

Dec.
26th

Ljungberg signs with Celtic FC

Update: Now it’s official: Ljungberg has signed with Celtic.

Here’s the report from the club:

CELTIC are delighted to announce the signing of Freddie Ljungberg. The Swedish internationalist, who passed a medical today, could be in contention for a derby debut in the game against Rangers at Ibrox this Sunday, January 2, 2011.

The former Arsenal midfielder won 75 caps for Sweden during his career. Since 2009, he has been playing in the United States, first for Seattle Sounders and then, more recently for Chicago Fire.

Ljungberg, who has been training with Celtic this week, was at Celtic Park on Wednesday night to watch the Hoops beat Motherwell 1-0 and go back to the top of the SPL.

He will be officially unveiled as a Celtic player at a press conference at the Lennoxtown Training Centre on Friday, December 31 at 10am.

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Dec.
21st

No Donovan loan; should be in Seattle March 15

The LA Galaxy and captain Landon Donovan have announced that the club’s all-time leading scorer will forgo any potential loan opportunities when the international transfer window re-opens on January 1. Donovan, who played more than 50 games with the Galaxy, U.S. National Team and while on loan with Everton in 2010, was named to the MLS Best XI team again last season after scoring seven goals and adding an MLS-best 16 assists in 24 regular season games.

Here’s the full release from the LA Galaxy.

One result is that we can now expect that Donovan will be in uniform

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Dec.
20th

Sounders open home against Galaxy

For the third straight season, the first kick of the Major League Soccer season will take place at Qwest Field, this time with Los Angeles Galaxy.

One other Sounders match was announced: March 19 at New York, in the Red Bulls’ home opener.

Here’s the release from the club, including this from coach Sigi Schmid: “Our team looks forward to playing the two division champions, Los Angeles and New York, in our first two games. It’s a difficult task but we relish the opportunity.”:

For an unprecedented third year in a row the Major League Soccer season will start in

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Dec.
20th

First Kick about to be announced at 12:30

Unconfirmed reports that the Sounders will open their 2011 season at Portland. In any case, we’re about to find out:

NEW YORK — The MLS offseason is about to feel a little bit shorter.

At 3:30 pm ET today, MLSsoccer.com will reveal the dates of the home openers for every team in the league, including details for First Kick in the league’s 16th season.

“First Kick 2011″ will feature a week of action among an unprecedented 18 clubs as expansion franchises in Portland and Vancouver join the fold. This coming season, all clubs will play a 34-game balanced scheduled

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Dec.
17th

Keller’s coming back for 2011

From the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders FC has signed goalkeeper Kasey Keller to a contract extension for the 2011 Major League Soccer season. Per MLS and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Keller, 41, will be playing his 20th professional season and his third in Seattle. The Olympia, Washington native played 17 seasons in Europe before becoming the third player signed by Sounders FC in 2008.

“In these two years with the Sounders, I’ve been very happy with the form of myself and the team. Throw in the fact that Portland and Vancouver are coming into the league, and there

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Dec.
16th

Keller announcement tomorrow

It looks like the long-awaited Kasey Keller contract announcement will happen on Friday.

The Sounders have called a 10 a.m. press conference with Keller and Adrian Hanauer, Sounders FC Owner and General Manager, in attendance.

Dec.
16th

Sounders sign Swedish midfielder

From the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders FC has signed Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg, it was announced today. Friberg, 24, played the past four seasons for BK Häcken.

Friberg’s signing will be finalized upon receipt of his P-1 visa and International Clearance. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Playing in the middle and sometimes the left side, Friberg was instrumental in winning the ball and setting-up attacks for Häcken. He also scored five times in 94 appearances for the Göteborg club. Friberg (pronounced FREE-burg) first signed as a professional at age 16 with Västra Frölunda IF.

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