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Ljungberg Debut Delayed for Hip Surgery

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Seattle Sounders signing Freddie Ljungberg will miss the season opener, after surgery to repair a “hip condition.”  He will be out 10 to 12 weeks.

“Freddie Ljungberg is a player that we value for the long term,” Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer said.  “As Freddie increased his training regimen for the upcoming season, we wanted to make sure that he was firing on all cylinders for the next two years and beyond.”

Ljungberg’s hip problems began with Arsenal in 2005, when he contracted blood poisoning from his tattoos.  He has endured a myriad of leg injuries, serious and niggling, since, which hampered his effectiveness at elite level.

Hip surgery does not augur well for someone whose primary occupation is running.

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Seattle Can’t Yet Get Sigi With It, Schmid Move Delayed

sigi_schmid_crewMLS Champions Columbus Crew filed tampering charges with the league, preventing coach Sigi Schmid from leaving to coach the Seattle Sounders.

In his Columbus contract, Schmid had a non-compete clause.  The Crew believe Schmid violated the clause by contacting Seattle before his contract expired.  The club is demanding compensation from Seattle.

MLS will arbitrate the matter.

UPDATE: MLS found “no evidence” of tampering by Seattle, though Seattle agreed to provide Columbus cash an allocation money.  Schmid will be Sounders coach next season.

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Headlines: Sigi’s Leavin on a Jet Plane

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Would you rather live in Ohio or Seattle?  Sigi Schmid leaves Columbus to coach Seattle Sounders. (Soccer By Ives)

A Brazilian fan attempted suicide, after Vasco de Gama were relegated. (Deadspin via FanDome)

Arsenal will let the kids out on loan, now that their Carling Cup is over. (Arsenal Mania)

Wigan will relieve Newcastle of Nicky Butt. (Soccerlens)

Victoria Beckham has a smile in development, soon to be unveiled. (WAGS Blog)

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Headlines: Cascarino Believes Keane Bottled It

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Tony Cascarino has no sympathy for Roy Keane. (The Times)

Cesc Fabregas is “100 percent committed to Arsenal.” (Arsenal Mania)

Real Madrid fill their hole at Dutch striker, by adding Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. (101 Great Goals)

Freddie Ljungberg associates with a bunch of losers in Seattle. (The Beautiful Game)

Curb Your Enthusiasm Sunderland fans.  The bookies are taking a shine to Alan Curbishley for your next manager. (Chickendinner)

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Headlines: Sever Djeparov Has Quite a Coiff

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Server Djeparov was named Asian Player of the Year.  Impressive, but not as impressive as his haircut. (Off the Post)

Arsene Wenger reiterated Arsenal’s healthy financial position. (Arsenal Mania)

If that is the case, here are five players Wenger should buy. (The Spoiler)

This man may help him, Ivan Gazidis, the new CEO at Arsenal (Soccer By Ives)

Seattle Sounders had their expansion draft. (The Other Football)

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Seattle Sounders FC to Host Reality Show, Open Tryouts

In November, Seattle Sounders FC will offer one lucky individual the chance to train with Freddie Ljungberg, as a member of their MLS roster.

As part of a reality show, the Sounders will host public tryouts in three Washington cities.  A finalist from each city, as voted by fans, will receive a tryout to make the club in February.

Is this a cool engagement of the local community or more evidence of MLS’ troubles attracting talent, domestic or foreign?

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Ljungberg to Join Seattle Sounders

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg will join Seattle Sounders F.C. as a designated player.  The news will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old winger won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups playing for Arsenal, before injuries cut his effectiveness.  He played for West Ham in 2007-8 and captained Sweden at the 2008 European Championships.

Ljungberg had been without a club since August, when West Ham bought out his contract.

A renaissance man, Ljungberg also has modeled underwear for Calvin Klein and been called up to the Swedish National Handball team.

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Headlines: Does Freddie Like Eco-Friendly Coffee?

Freddie Ljungberg might end up in Seattle (Soccer By Ives)

Lukas Podolski should move to the Premier League (Kornheiser’s Cartel)

Inter leaving the San Siro (Gazzetta dello Sport)

France keeping Domenech despite failure (The Guardian)

Jo is a wee bit optimistic (Football 365)

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