That’s the big news from Sounders FC camp today. General manager Adrian Hanauer said he saw Ljungberg’s post about an apparent miscommunication between Ljungberg and the club, and that yesterday morning, Ljungberg’s agent and Hanauer did discuss Ljungberg’s situation.
Hanauer has not talked to Ljungberg directly, only his agent, Claes Elefalk. Hanauer said Elefalk felt he was communicating 100 percent that Ljungberg would be here Monday, but Hanauer didn’t hear that in the conversation. So there was a miscommunication.
The team has scheduled a practice for next Monday, assuming there is no work stoppage in MLS, and then heads off to Arizona. Ljungberg will travel to Seattle this weekend and will report to the team, lockout or not.
Ljungberg does face a possible fine for not being with the team for the start of camp. “We’ll deal with all that internally,” Hanauer said. “We’re happy he’s going to be here on Monday. Would we have been happier if he had been here yesterday? Sure, but it wasn’t a surprise. We were going through this. He was looking at options. We were continuing to talk.”
Hanauer didn’t completely rule out a possible transfer of Ljungberg to another team before the European transfer window deadline of Sunday, but at this point Ljungberg will be a Sounder.