Here’s what I put together for the Times Web site:
Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg flew back Thursday morning with the other members of Sounders FC’s All-Star contingent from Utah after being hospitalized for treatment for symptoms of a migraine right after Wednesday night’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Ljungberg was transported from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, via ambulance to a hospital in Salt Lake City after complaining of vision loss he was sensing during the game, in which Ljungberg played the entirety. At the hospital he was given medication for migraines, a condition from which he suffers that could have been triggered by an ingredient in some food he ate in Utah, and then released.
Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer said this onset of a migraine doesn’t appear to be as serious as the one that forced him out of two games earlier this season. Ljungberg is out for this Sunday’s game at San Jose anyway, because he was issued a red card in the team’s most recent game.
Rather then go to practice with the rest of Sounders FC at Starfire Sports Complex on Thursday, Ljungberg went straight home to rest upon arriving in Seattle.
“We hope he’s OK, obviously,” Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said, mentioning that Ljungberg played the entire All-Star Game in hot weather at altitude. “We know what his diet requirements are…it’s possible that maybe there was a trace of something he should not have in the food, so that might have triggered it as well. But it’s not nearly what it was the last time and we expect him to be able to recover fairly quickly.”