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Ljungberg expected back this afternoon

The Sounders have concluded their Thursday training ... all except for midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.

Ljungberg missed training again today, but is expected back this afternoon after taking a few days off to attend to his grandmother's funeral in Sweden. Coach Sigi Schmid said that Ljungberg will train when he reports in today, then will train with the team Friday morning and fly out with them Friday afternoon when they leave for Chicago.

Otherwise, Schmid also said all the other expected players should be ready to go too, even those who played extensively in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup win over Real Salt Lake.

Chicago also had a mid-week game -- a 2-1 loss last night to Club America. And Schmid said that game -- obviously one day closer to the weekend -- could be a bit more of a factor. But any real significance could depend on how many regulars played for how long, or even how seriously they treated the game.

"With (the players) who played on Tuesday I think they're fine," Schmid said. "Riley is pretty fit, so that probably looks good from his standpoint. And Zakuani, we're trying to build his fitness, and I don't think the 60 minutes that he played is going to affect him negatively in Chicago this weekend."

"If (Chicago) wouldn't have played last night, they would've practiced. It's sort of the same thing for us; if we wouldn't have played we would've trained. A game takes a little more out of you then training for sure, but it's sort of the same thing, the situation. And different guys react to it better. Younger guys generally respond to that better than older guys."