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Seattle moves disgruntled DP Ljundberg to Chicago for conditional pick

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This is a pretty major move. It doesn't really affect the Union, other than now having to face Freddie Ljundberg three times this year instead of two (Philadelphia hosts Chicago on Saturday, September 11). The Fire are currently six points out of a playoff spot, but with Ljundberg and other new DP Nery Castillo, things are certainly looking up for them. And, wow, a player like Ljundberg was moved for "conditional" draft pick in either 2011 or 2012? To be fair, it was pretty clear Ljundberg wanted out of Seattle and the Sounders needed to move him before they could place new DP Alvaro Fernandez on the active roster so they could avoid the $250,000 one-time fee for a third designated player (check out our friends Sounder At Heart for more in-depth coverage of the situation). And there are reports that Ljundberg was looking for clubs in Europe that might be interested in him. But regardless, it makes you appreciate Nowak's trade of Shavar Thomas to Kansas City that much more...

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