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Sigi leaves little doubt Montero is back in lineup

Well, we had our nice little debate about whether Freddie Ljungberg should remain at forward at the expense of either Fredy Montero or Nate Jaqua.

However, coach Sigi Schmid seemed to imply today that nothing is further from his mind.

"Freddie did what we needed done in that game (at Houston)," Schmid said. "What we asked him to do was play higher and to play more as a traditional striker. But, I think anytime you can put a guy back on the field who has scored 10 goals for you, that definitely helps the team."

That guy is Montero, whose goal total leads the Sounders and ranks one goal behind Colorado's Conor Casey for the MLS lead. Montero's 10 goals and six assists also combine to rank second in MLS, behind Colorado's Omar Cummings (eight goals, 10 assists).

Meanwhile, Ljungberg said it hardly matters whether he is penciled in at forward or midfield, because he usually plays a role that combines the positions anyway.

"Sometimes I play between midfield and the strikers, and that was what I played (in Houston) as well," Ljungberg said Wednesday. "But I like that. That's where most people play me and where Arsenal played me: as a winger, but if we're one-goal down or one-goal up they put me between midfield and striker. I see that as an attacking midfielder or a withdrawn forward – it depends how you see it."

The lineup possibilities became a particular issue this week because this seems like the first week in ages when no Sounder is out due to suspension or national-team duty, and only midfielder Stephen King is out due to injury (hamstring, which will probably keep him out through next week).