And Sounders training today didn't do much to change that.
The New York Red Bulls are on record as saying not only that they're after a third designated player, but also that the guy they have in mind is a midfielder currently under another club's control. So, hmm. Merge that with Freddie Ljungberg being held out of last night's game due to a tweaked ankle, and the recent speculation seems all but inevitable -- even if there's nothing to it.
And while neither Ljungberg nor Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer were able to confirm anything today, neither did they make any kind of case that there's nothing to it.
"We’ll see what happens," Ljungberg said after returning to training today with no noticable favoring of that left ankle. "It’s a transfer window, and my contract is up here in November. We’ll see what happens."
Asked about the rumors a few minutes later, here's what Hanauer had to say:
(Ljungberg is) the same as anybody else. We are anxious to turn things around, and however we can turn them around, we’re going to do. Ljungberg is not unique. We have teams calling about different players, and we’re calling about different players. So, all options are on the table.
The transfer window opens Thursday.