On Ljungberg's status:Ljungberg is still with the ankle, but at this point he’s exploring options. We’ll see how things precede in the next three, four, five days.
On if Ljungberg has played his last game as a Sounder: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 explore these options and see what comes out of it.
On if the team is playing better now without him:Freddie is a great player. He brings energy onto the field. Every time he plays on the field he brings 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 the day it’s our backs are against the wall, I think our guys know that, it helps you find some spirit and desire. And sometimes when you hit a good streak somebody’s not in the team – for example, (Brad) Evans is not in the team right now, we’re hitting a good streak, does that mean if he was on the field would we be better, 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 what has happened with him.
On how the relationship reached this point:It’s not something that I’m really going to talk about or go into details. It’s just a situation where there’s options that exist for him. Whether he was going to continue here next year was up in the air a little bit, because the ownership put everybody on notice because we weren’t doing well. This is a club that has a lot of pride and it wants to have success, and so everybody is dispensable I guess, and that includes me. And so it was a situation of they weren’t really willing to make commitments going into the following season at this point, and I think that was probably a primary reason for a player like him—with his pedigree and at his age -- to say 'I’ve got to start looking at some options to see exactly where I’ll be next year.'