Freddie Ljungberg is part of the Sounders' travel party to Colorado. However, what awaits him there is anyone's guess, apparently including his doctors.
You may recall that Ljungberg has a history of migraines, and he said this week that he missed last season's game at Colorado because his doctors feared the more-than-mile-high elevation could aggravate the condition. (And you may recall that his worst outbreak last season -- one that required brief hospitalization -- occurred at the All-Star Game in Utah.)
"I didn’t really understand, but that was what the doctor said," Ljungberg said this week. "We don’t really have those altitudes in Europe, so I didn’t really know. This time I’ll definitely play."
And even without migraines, the Sounders will still have to deal with the affects of the thin Colorado air.
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"That’s what the players say: You hit the wall after 20 minutes, you get really tired," Ljungberg said. "... It hits you quite hard so I think it’s quite important that we pace the game, that we don’t kill ourselves in the first 20, that we keep energy for the 90 minutes and play wiser."