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Ljungberg returns to Seattle; update from Schmid

Sounds like Freddie Ljungberg was feeling well enough to travel. This just came in from the Associated Press:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is back in the Seattle area after being taken to the hospital following the MLS All-Star game in Sandy, Utah.

Sounders spokesman Zac Kaplan said Thursday morning that Ljungberg had returned to the area, but wasn't sure when the Swedish star got back.

Kaplan says the migraine that sent Ljungberg to the hospital following Wednesday's All-Star game isn't as bad as a severe migraine Ljungberg suffered earlier this season that forced him to miss two games.

Ljungberg was photographed leaving Rio Tinto Stadium on a stretcher following the MLS All-Star's loss on penalty kicks to Everton from the English Premier League.

Ljungberg had the final shot for the MLS, but his chip attempt was saved by Everton keeper Tim Howard.

And the Sounders have provided this update from coach Sigi Schmid:

"We hope he is OK. He went straight home, and we will see how he is. He is one of the few guys who played 90 minutes in a little bit of heat, a little bit of altitude. Again, we know what his diet requirements are and what he can and can't eat. It is possible that there was a trace of something that he shouldn't have in the food. That might have triggered it as well. But, it is not nearly what it was the last time, and we expect him to be able to recover fairly quickly."