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July 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid on Ljungberg’s situation

What can you update on Ljungberg? “Ljungberg’s still with the ankle, but also at this point he’s exploring options. So we’ll see how things proceed in the next 3-4-5 days.”

Do you suspect he’s played his last game with the Sounders? “It’s tough to say. That’s something I really couldn’t say. It’s something that’s basically been agreed upon, ‘Let’s go ahead and let’s explore these options and see what comes out of it.’ ”

Does this team play better without him right now? “Freddie’s a great player, and he brings energy on to the field. Every time he plays on the field he plays with energy. For us as a team, you have to judge how we play with him or without him. I know I have my feelings and my judgments on that thing, but at the end of day our backs are against the wall. I think the guys know that, that helps you find some spirit and desire. And sometimes when you hit a good streak, somebody’s not in the team. For example, Evans is not in the team right now. We’re hitting a good streak, does that means if he was on the field would we be better or would we be worse? It’s tough for me to say. But the group that’s going out there right now is playing with a lot of intensity and it’s really probably irrespective of who else is out with them.

What has happened to get to this point? “Again, it’s not something that I’m going to really talk about or go into details. I think it’s just a situation where there are options that exist for him, whether he was going to continue here next year was up in the air a little bit because of the ownership put everybody on notice because we weren’t doing well. This is a club that has a lot of pride and wants to have success, and so everybody’s dispensable. And that includes me. So it was a situation where they weren’t really willing to make commitments going into the following season at this point and I think that was primary reason for a player like him, with his pedigree and at his age, to say, ‘Hey, I got to start looking at some options to see exactly where I’ll be next year.’ ”

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