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February 1, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Schmid: “We’re happy to have that chapter behind us”

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said those words about Freddie Ljungberg’s absence and then his report to the team Monday. He said he and Ljungberg had a half-hour phone conversation last night about the matter.
Schmid was asked if he’s concerned that the Kasey Keller-Freddie Ljungberg situation — not fair to call it a dispute or conflict because that’s making more of it than what it is, in my opinion, but more of a difference of opinion — could become what the Landon Donovan-David Beckham captaincy spat turned into in L.A.
“It’s a private thing between them. I didn’t notice anything, and if we do, we’ll address it.”
Schmid said any penalty for Ljungberg’s absence will be handled internally, but it doesn’t appear it will be anything of note.
“The reason I don’t have a lot of hard and fast rules, as I’ve learned over my years of coaching, is because no two situations are ever the same. If you paint yourself into a corner by having all these one-way rules and so forth, you sometimes get yourself into a box that you can’t get out of,” Schmid said.
“There were things involved. There was some miscommunication involved as well. But it was also late,” Schmid said.

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