Ljungberg urges Seattle Sounders to up the ante in the passing stakes

Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg believes the team needs to improve their quick-passing game to improve their scoring opportunities.
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Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg believes the team needs to improve their quick-passing game to improve their scoring opportunities.

Ahead of a two-match road trip that will take in FC Dallas and Toronto FC on Thursday and Sunday, the Swede has urged his teammates to up the ante with their passing so they can have every chance of achieving positive results away from Qwest Field.

"There are lots of reasons (we score more gals way),” Ljungberg said. “I think we had some chances that maybe we should have scored on in the beginning and the end as well. I think we need to get the passing tempo up a little bit. I think that will create more chances and that's from all over the pitch.

“When they come up here, our opponents are quite organized and they know we like to go forward and they sit in. To get the chances and openings we would like to have a crisp, quick passing game and sometimes we maybe take too long to hit the ball sharp enough or hard enough. It's small things like that but hopefully we will get better."

Ljungberg said it was also important to give plenty of players a chance when undergoing stressful roadtrips so that the load is shared.

"I think maybe we will rotate a little bit in the squad to keep people fresh after the long flights and the games are quite tight. [. . .] It's just sleep, eat and all that boring stuff and hope we can get some results,” he added.

"It's great for people to get some playing time but at the end of the day we need to get the points. So we will see afterwards if it is a good thing or not. It's great for the guys to get playing time. Mike Fucito, I talked to him before, I love his work ethic, the way he thinks and stuff. I am very, very pleased that he scored and hopefully he will get more chances."

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