The Sounders had an end-of-year press conference today, which also was sort of a start-of-year press conference since many of the most interesting topics covered deal with preparing for the 2010 season.
There's more on that in the Friday paper, but for now three of the other top pieces of news.
First, coach Sigi Schmid said that Steve Zakuani had shoulder surgery this morning and all went well.
“Steve Zakuani’s surgery went very well this morning," Schmid said. "By well I mean there were no complications in there that they didn’t expect to see. It was a shoulder that he had injured in college. He aggravated it a couple times during the season. So I think that’s going to help him for next year.
"Zach Scott had groin surgery and that surgery went well. I guess he had some scar tissue in there and they removed that but the doctor said he can be very aggressive in his return to play so he should be close to full-out in 4-5 weeks.”
Second, goalkeeper Kasey Keller repeated that he would like to see his contract extended into the 2011 season.
Third, Freddie Ljungberg said he's going to spend the early part of his off-season enjoying the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. There wouldn't really be much news in that, except that if he's busy hiking the Cascades, that obviously means he's not bolting back across the ocean to join some EPL team. However, over the longer term he simply considered to say that he likes it in Seattle and "we'll see" about anything more specific.