When the Sounders FC visit LA on Saturday, two of MLS' six designated players will share the pitch: Freddie Ljungberg and David Beckham.
In some ways, the players are alike. Each played more than a decade in the English Premier League. Each is by far the highest-paid player on his team. Each also has worked as an underwear model.
I would even say that their games are similar, at least to the extent that each is a midfielder who can impact games without scoring goals.
However, after Sounders training today, Ljungberg made the point that they impact games in different ways:
"Playing-wise we're not that similar," he said. "Crossing the ball, (Beckham) is probably one of the best in the world crossing the ball. That's how he builds his game. Maybe I'm more dribbling and running maybe than what he does."
There are, of course, considerable other differences between Beckham's experience an an MLS designated player and Ljungberg's. And I plan to write a bit about those in the Friday paper.