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November 12, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Freddie Ljungberg’s season-ending thoughts

The midfielder hopes to see a little bit of the natural wonders of this area, he said.
“I’m still really disappointed and angry about the game in Houston,” he admitted. “You should never be OK with being knocked out.”
But looking at the bigger picture, Ljungberg noted the team’s success and how well it played in its first year.
No comments on the league officiating.
“Sometimes I maybe do apologize if I, in the heat of the moment sometimes get a bit annoyed with the ref,” he said. But I’ve been playing at the highest level for what is it, 12 years, and this for me is a totally normal thing. I do react, and something I’m trying to learn, to cope with.”
Ljungberg added that getting fouled so much is a sign of respect from other players.
As for the future:
“Wherever you go, the first year is the hardest one because you don’t know what to expect,” Ljungberg said. “It’s a bit difficult to adapt, so I definitely think it will be hopefully easier the second year.”
So will there be a second year? “Haha. We’ll see what happens. I’ll sit down and discuss it in the offseason, but like I said, I love it in Seattle and I’ve had a great first season.”
Ljungberg said he was ridiculed some in the European press for his comments about the American football lines on the pitch in Houston. “Small things like that make a big difference in trying to get the respect of the rest of the world. If we can sort out small things like that, I think that would help [MLS] a lot.”

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