Gustav Svensson made official on Saturday what has long been assumed when he announced on Instagram that “it’s time for us to go our separate ways.” Svensson had spent the last four seasons with the Seattle Sounders, going from an extremely fringe Swedish national team player to one who was regularly starting for them in their biggest competitions.
More relevantly to the Sounders, Svensson established himself not only as a regular starter but as one of the best holding midfielders in MLS. Svensson was regularly among league leaders in tackles, was an effective passer and even was capable of scoring when needed. His goal in the Western Conference final against Minnesota United completed one of the greatest comebacks in MLS history and cemented his place in Sounders lore.
The decision to not start him in last year’s MLS Cup final will likely go down as one of the more easily second-guessed decisions in Brian Schmetzer’s coaching career.
Beyond the on-field moments, Svensson was popular among teammates, fans and media for his sarcastic and dry sense of humor as well as his willingness to cut through the nonsense and find essential truth.
Club Legend, Gustav Svensson.— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) March 24, 2021
We had 4️⃣ amazing seasons with this guy! pic.twitter.com/sDXbjhdVdO
It was not immediately clear where Svensson will be going next. There had been rumors that he was signing in China or Sweden, but so far nothing has been made official. At 34 and still a regular with the Sweden national team, it seems unlikely that he’d be going into retirement.