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January 25, 2011 at 1:41 PM

A first and brief stop-and-chat with midfielder Erik Friberg

Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg was available to the media today at practice. Unfortunately English isn’t his first language so the conversation was a bit brief. Either way I wanted to pass along his first words.

He was playing as a central midfielder in training and is a guy that likes to link up play. Served a neutral player in some drills (e.g. offense only) to keep him on the ball a lot. The long hair will make him easy to spot if you check out the photo reel below.

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(Welcome to Seattle. How did your first day go?) “Thanks. Good. I liked it. It’s been a long time since I’ve played now but it’s going to get better and better.”

(What do you think of the quality of play?) “Good. Of course they’re good. But I didn’t focus on them today. I focused on me today, (trying) to come and be fit.”

(How would you describe yourself as a player and what you like to do?) “Work hard. I want to the have the ball, 1-2 touch. That’s it.”

(What attracted you to MLS and Sounders FC?) “There aren’t so many Swedes here — there’s been one. I wanted to try something different than Europe.”

(What did you know about the club?) “I know that they have huge fans. There’s some 40,000, so it’s fantastic.”

(Does having to adjust to the culture make it difficult as you adjust to a new team?) “Yeah, maybe it will take a while. But soon.”

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