The Sounders FC midfielder was very demonstrative with the referee but chose not to be critical publicly after the game.
“I stand totally behind Riley,” he said of the red card issued to his teammate. “The L.A. Galaxy was gripping the ball and holding it because they don’t want us to play football. They just wanted to be slow and I don’t think that’s why the fans are here, to look at that.
“At least in Europe you have the rule where you’re not allowed to hold the ball. I don’t know if they don’t have that rule here.”
Ljungberg said no one call or non-call upset him more. “It’s the whole thing. Everybody knows how important goals are in soccer and football, and it changes games. We had such good pressure on L.A. The penalty, of course, upsets you. I think I even got more upset when they got small things…that upset the rhythm of the game, and then they can get out of the pressure.
“Im not allowed to talk about the referees, so I’ll leave it at that.”