We got a little time with both Adrian Hanauer and Sigi Schmid regarding the personnel issues.
There was no true news in the sense of an announcement of a roster addition or subtraction. However, there were these clarifications:
* Freddie Ljungberg is still in the Northwest.
* The Sounders are content to let him try to strike his own deal, and won't simply trade him somewhere he might not want to go.
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* Hanauer acknowledged that it could be tougher to bring in someone during this period, because as long on Ljungberg remains on the Sounders roster he counts against the roster, his salary counts against the cap, he counts as a designated player and he counts as a foreign player. There is no list he can be placed on to change any of that as long as he remains under contract to Sounders FC.
* Schmid said it is possible that Ljungberg could return to the pitch for Seattle before his possible more is resolved. However, for now Schmid implied that is moot due to the ankle issue.
*Nathan Sturgis will be the prime corner-kick taker in Ljungberg's absence.
A few quotes:
HANAUEROn Freddie Ljungberg: “Freddie at this time he is training by himself, getting healthy, getting fit. We agreed together that it made some sense to keep him away from the club as he is exploring other options. I don’t think there’s a secret that that’s happening. We just thought it was best to keep this team focused right here on winning on Sunday, let Freddie explore options. As that process plays out, we will take things as they come to us. Again, assuming something does or doesn’t happen in the next week or few days or two weeks, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. “He is looking at other options and he is a fantastic player who has been a great ambassador for this club. He helped us launch an amazing franchise. He is a good guy, someone I consider a friend, and I think the best thing is to let this play out, see what he can find for himself and then, again, cross that bridge when we come to it.” SCHMIDOn Freddie Ljungberg: “The decision was it would probably be best right now to get his injury cured up and his ankle, which is doing much better. And while he is exploring those options to keep him out of our training during that period of time so that he can explore those options. There wasn’t a risk, obviously in training with a team there’s always a greater risk of injury. There’s not a risk of injury while he is going through that or a risk of making the injury worse. So that’s getting better, that’s there. We wanted to give him some time away. It’s less of a distraction probably for the team and for him at this stage so he can be focused on what he is doing. I think Adrian [Hanauer] said this as well he has been great for this club, what he did his first year and he’s been a great ambassador for the team as well. All the players on the team all get along with him. There’s a lot of respect for what he has accomplished and what he’s done. As I have said before, he is a quality player. But for him, he’s got to look at his future and where is the best place to apply his trade as he moves forward into his future.”