It’s more than just a little ironic that Freddie Ljungberg happened to be the player featured on the ticket for Saturday’s game against the Chicago Fire, given that he now plays for the Fire. Ljungberg was booed every time he touched the ball. And his booking in the 83rd minute received some of the loudest cheers of the evening. Maybe it was all in good fun, but folks seemed quite serious to me.
Ljungberg was a major part of the Sounders’ success last year. It didn’t work out this year. He moved on with the management’s full support, traded for some seat cushions and a blow-up mattress. Did he jump or was he pushed? Does it matter at this point? Maybe it’s time for everybody to move on.
The Sounders won 2:1 with a last minute winner from Montero. It was a great evening. But Seattle continues to have problems with it’s designated players. When are the Sounders management and the pundits going to admit that Blaise Nkufo is useless? His one shot was hopelessly wide. It’s like playing half a man down. Pay him off, do whatever you need to. Trade him for something, anything, like you did Ljungberg. Give him away. At the very least, don’t leave him out there for 81 minutes again. It’s just painful, for him and for us.