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Category: Personnel move

July
14th

GM: Need another player that’s goal dangerous

Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)
Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)

Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey spoke today about the acquisition of midfielder Eric Friberg. But not surprising, talk quickly turned to a potential next signing, in light of the new MLS roster rules and the open transfer window.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

On another move: I appreciate the ongoing speculation. I understand why there’s so much interest. But we’ve got to be focused just on our team here in Seattle. We might ultimately do something, we might not. We’re going to look, but we’re always looking. Right now we haven’t had a great run of results. And again, we’re going to take a long-term view at what’s good for our team. But we need to be focused on the guys that are here. If that changes at some point, then it changes and we’ll adjust. But I think it’s important for us to remember now that the guys who play on the weekends are the guys who are on our team right now, and something that you read in a foreign media outlet or somebody that we made a phone call with, those are just conversations, they happen in normal course of business. It might come off and it might not.
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July
14th

Friberg welcomed back to Sounders

Sigi Schmid, Erik Friberg and general manager Garth Lagerwey at Starfire.
Sigi Schmid, Eric Friberg and general manager Garth Lagerwey at Starfire.

Erik Friberg trained with the Sounders today at Starfire and then met with the media for the first time since his re-signed with the club.

Here’s some of what he had to say.

On being back: It feels very good. I’m excited. It feels great. I know a lot of guys from 2011, so it feels easier.

On today’s training: It was good in the beginning. A little bit tired at the end. It’s warm.

On if he expected to return one day: Yes. I was close a couple of year ago. I talked to Chris Henderson every year. So wanted him to know that some day I would be back. Now I’m here. It’s perfect.

On the past couple of weeks: It was tough. I ended my season at the end of June. After that I couldn’t do anything else but just run and be at the gym. You can’t get many touches on the ball. I was a little bit frustrated, but now I’m here.

On how long before he’s 100 percent: It could take a couple of weeks, I don’t know, to get to 100. I’m pretty good right now. I need a couple of more touches on the ball, but fitness-wise I’m OK.
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July
13th

Schmid updates Sounders, S2 personnel

Eric Friberg, left in green, trains with Sounders on Monday at Starfire.
Eric Friberg, left in green, trains with Sounders on Monday at Starfire.

Here are some health and availability updates from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid:

On goalkeeper Stefan Frei: Feeling better, so we’ll see how this week progresses. Definitely a possibility for this weekend.

On Eric Friberg’s training session: Doing better. He had a good week of training when we were gone. Worked well today. Talked to him a little bit. Fitness-wise he told me where he feels at right now. So he just needs more touches. Just feels that he needs to get around the ball a little more. Today training involved a lot of touches. We’ll see how he does tomorrow, and we’ll make a decision as we move forward this week.
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July
13th

Schmid: Goal production not there

LogoSoundersCoach Sigi Schmid addressed the Sounders’ recent offensive troubles — two goals and three shutouts over the last five games — since losing Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins:

On mostly repeating lineup from win over DC: I thought we played well against D.C. especially when there were even numbers early on. But as well as we played against DC early on, that’s as bad as we played early on against Chicago. So it was very disappointing that the group was that off in their performance in comparison to what they had done the week before. You’re trying to build on that and we didn’t build on that. We all have to look at it. Did we train to hard? Did we not do the right things in training? I got to look at that because ultimately I’m the guy responsible.

On specific problem areas: We didn’t keep possession of the ball, we didn’t work hard enough up front.
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July
7th

Schmid updates Frei, Oba, Friberg

Frei
Frei

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for another day. Obafemi Martins ran on the side. Stefan Frei visited the field late — no sling, seemingly upbeat. And Eric Friberg remains in Europe.

None are expected to play Saturday in Chicago — although Frei not clearly ruled out. Here’s coach Sigi Schmid’s updates on each:

On Frei: All right. He’s going to get better. Like I said, it’s touch and go for Chicago. He’s better today than he was yesterday. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and then we’ll see how he is Thursday. But he said his range of motion is increasing. There’s nothing negative in the X-rays. Nothing negative to worry about. … It’s a pain tolerance (issue), but also until he gets his range of motion back, his strength back, he feels comfortable with that. That’s something that sometimes goes slowly and then jumps; sometimes it jumps really early. It all depends.
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July
6th

Schmid updates GK situation, Friberg arrival

Frei
Frei

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today on the apparent shoulder injury to No. 1 goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and the availability of newly signed midfielder Eric Friberg from Europe.

On Frei: He feels much better today. It’s just a situation of range of motion and pain – how he deals with those things. For Chicago it’s probably a little bit touch and go, but we’ll see. But we don’t think it’s going to be a long-term thing. He had an X-ray this morning; we don’t have the results of that. We’ll wait until all that gets looked at.

On Troy Perkins stepping into starting role: That’s the reason we signed Troy. He’s an experienced goalkeeper, he’s been around the league. He’s played, so he knows what it’s all about. As with any goalkeeper, when you’re not getting a lot of games sometimes you have to work on your timing more and you can’t get that timing unless you’re in games. But his experience, his shot-blocking ability, his ability to read the games are certainly things he brings.
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June
30th

GM addresses signings, possible new MLS rules

Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)
Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)

Lots of interesting stuff from Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey today after training. Here’s some of it:

On the Erik Friberg signing: Particularly when you make midseason signings you want basic stuff like ideally they speak English or (are familiar with the culture). Erik is much more than that, he’s actually played on our team. He’s a guy who’s excited to be here and will be I think an important guy in our locker room as well as on the field, where he can play all four midfield positions and really gives us something that really makes our team better.

On signing another midfielder after the recent signing of Thomas: We felt like we wanted some more numbers at that position. We had guys during this stretch of games really get run down, that we had to play over and over and over again at midfield. Obviously we’ve had some injuries there, and we have some older players at that spot. We have a mix of old – guys like Pineda – and younger guys, and we felt like we needed a little bit more experience. Read more »

June
29th

GM on Friberg and potential other moves

Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)
Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)

We got a few minutes with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey in the wake of the Erik Friberg signing. Here’s some of what he had to say:

On Friberg: He’s well liked and respected within our organization from both a coaching and player perspective. I think he’s going to be a good fit, and a player who can make an impact in the short term and the long term. Also pretty versatile: He can play a couple of different spots, and I think as a result can really raise the competition level at midfield. That’s a good thing for everybody.

On if he’s brought in as a likely starter: We never promise anybody anything: That is earned. Do we think he has the ability to earn that through competing in practice: We do.

On his best position for the team: The cliché in my business is that the players make the decisions. Sigi’s going to look at him in practice and put him where we need him and where he’s the best fit. But I actually think Erik will probably end up playing multiple spots for us, and I think he can play any of the four spots in midfield.
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