Seattle Sounders’ Zakuani ready to take on Chicago Fire’s Ljungberg

Seattle Sounders striker Steve Zakuani is ready for the clash with Chicago Fire on the weekend.

Seattle Sounders striker Steve Zakuani is ready for the clash with Chicago Fire on the weekend.

The match will mark the return of former Sounders star Freddie Ljungberg to Qwest Field after he left to join the Fire late last month and 22-year old Zakuani knows it will be bigger than a regular match.

"I know he's still good friends with the owners, Adrian and those guys, that's just something where I don't think it's just any ex-teammate, it's Freddie Ljungberg," Zakuani said. "I think there will be some occasion to that.”

Zakuani, who grew up watching Ljungberg when the Swede was flying at Arsenal, admits the move has been a positive one for both the Sounders and the Fire.

“You can't question his ability. But for whatever reason sometimes you don't fit a guy into your system. For him, if you know Freddie's personality at all, he gets motivated by small things. So him going there is a new challenge and we knew he was going to do well because he is that kind of guy. I think it worked out well for both parties,” he added.

"I think he's definitely happy from what I've heard and we're definitely happy with what's gone on here."

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