Seattle Sounders’ Schmid: Ljungberg now injury-free

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid admits midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is now injury-free after a successful debut season with the club.

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid admits midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is now injury-free after a successful debut season with the club.

The former Arsenal star joined the Sounders at the end of 2008 and was a vital contributor in the franchise’s first season in MLS after overcoming a hip injury.

Schmid admitted that some of Ljungberg’s former rival clubs noted the Swede looked the best they had seen him and was delighted with the fact he managed to play almost every game in 2009.

“We signed him on the basis that he would have surgery on his hip to correct that. And he came into the side after our second game and apart from missing one or two games with a migraine he has played,” Schmid told majorleaguesoccertalk.com.

“We had games against Everton and Chelsea this summer and they noted that it’s the freshest they had seen him in a long time.”

Ljungberg has said he will honour the second year of his two-year contract with the Sounders which is a major boost for the fledgling club as he, along with goalkeeper Kasey Keller, was selected for the 2009 MLS All-Star team.