Seattle Sounders FC Trade Freddie Ljungberg To Chicago Fire
Freddie Ljungberg, who fell out of favor with the Seattle Sounders, has been traded to the Chicago Fire. The move was not a big surprise as the Sounders allowed Ljungberg to start looking for options to move to other teams as it became aware he was no longer wanted with the club. After a very successful initial season in 2009, the Sounders have struggled this season and not afraid to make changes.
With Ljungberg, Chicago immediately improves and gets a very skilled midfielder. What do you think of the move? Will Ljungberg be happy with the Fire? Below is the official statement from the club on the move.
Sounders Trade Ljungberg To Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that they have acquired former Arsenal midfielder and Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg from Seattle Sounders FC for a conditional selection in the 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft. Today’s move marks the first-ever trade of a Designated Player in the history of Major League Soccer. The 33-year-old midfielder becomes the Fire’s second designated player and will become available for selection by Fire Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos this Sunday, Aug. 1 when the Fire take on the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA at 6:30 PM CT (FSC/FSE).Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Freddie is an exceptional player, with world-class talent and we are thrilled to have him join the Chicago Fire,” said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. “He is a player with an illustrious career and as an attacking player he will help us towards our goal of bringing the MLS Cup to Chicago.”