It’s finally official, ex-Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has left MLS. Upon passing a physical, the Swede signed with Celtic FC on Thursday a few days after joining training with the Scottish club. He’s expected to be introduced Friday with the possibility in playing in the Old Firm over the weekend.
As I mentioned in a blog post a while back, the draft pick Seattle received in the Ljungberg trade was conditional on whether he re-signed with Chicago. Since he hasn’t, Sounders FC will receive the Fire’s second-round pick (No. 27 overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, to be held Jan. 13.
Here’s rundown on Seattle’s picks:
1st round — 11th overall
2nd round — 21th overall (Stephen King trade)
2nd round — 27th overall (Freddie Ljungberg trade)
2nd round — 29th overall
3rd round — 47th overall
4th round — 65th overall
That, of course, is based on the draft being four rounds. Recent reports have indicated MLS will drop the fourth round and instead make it the first round of a supplemental draft. We’ll wait until the league confirms that.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Sounders FC packages some of those picks to move up in the draft — perhaps to take a goalkeeper. Personally, I’m not sure the team needs to bring in six players.
But what do you think?