This is an excerpt from Mahoney’s piece on SI.com:
Notable by his absence from Seattle’s 1-1 tie with FC Dallas was Freddie Ljungberg, not only for his contributions to the attack and overall team cohesion, but by his incessant complaining the week before in a 1-1 tie with Los Angeles.
Nearly every time he lost the ball and/or hit the ground, he spread his arms wide in outraged indignation, and he and referee Tim Weyland conversed so often, you’d think they were discussing the government bailouts. This was the same game in which … Weyland issued eight cautions in addition to sending off Riley, which left Seattle a man down for the final 33 minutes.
While there’s no doubt Ljungberg and his teammates had cause to be upset with Weyland, Ljungberg had begun his protests long before Kovalenko fouled Jaqua. Ljungberg also taunted Kovalenko during the match in a most unflattering manner, and didn’t let up after Weyland cautioned him in the 61st minute.
The good news is that Ljungberg is adding a lot of class and savvy to the Seattle attack, and is looking like a pretty solid Designated Player investment. If he can tone down his carping at the officials and not become Cuauhtémoc Blanco West, he’ll augment Seattle’s push for a playoff spot.