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Hanauer discusses Ljungberg's return

Freddie Ljungberg has already made an impact with the Fire.
Freddie Ljungberg has already made an impact with the Fire.

The big talk at Sounders training today revolved mostly around the impending return of Freddie Ljungberg. I'll have much more on this particular issue tomorrow after Ljungberg speaks to the media.

In the meantime, figured it was worth sharing this quote from GM Adrian Hanauer. While acknowledging that Ljungberg's return is interesting, he made a point of noting that Saturday's game has much bigger implications than one player suiting up against his former team.

"It's another big game we need to get three points out of. It's not a whole lot different than when Stephen King came back to Seattle," Hanauer said. "I gave him a hug and wished him the best, but want to beat him. And we couldn't take care of business against D.C. when they came back to town and hopefully we can turn that around against Chicago."

He makes a valid point. The Fire promise to be one of the teams the Sounders will be fighting for position with all year and this is a classic "six-point game." Beating the Fire is much more important than beating Freddie Ljungberg. Of course, if you do one, you do the other as well.

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