RENTON, Wash. – The Sounders traded Freddie Ljungberg, their original Designated Player, to the Chicago Fire. The former Arsenal star had been laid up after suffering an “ankle injury” he supposedly picked up during a July 9th training session. Ljungberg had not been present on the pitch since then.
A move became imminent when Seattle announced the signing of midfielder Alvaro Fernandez the day before. He was a member of the Uruguay National Team and played in the 2010 World Cup.
The club issued a press release with comments from general manager Adrian Hanauer.
"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 Hanauer. "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."
Ljungberg started 35 games for the Sounders scoring two goals and adding twelve assists, but most of that production came during his first season in Seattle. Ljungberg’s 2010 production, with no goals and three assists, and rumors of being a disruptive force in the locker room contributed to the mutual parting.
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