Midfielder Erik Friberg is rejoining Seattle Sounders FC, according to a report that has been independently confirmed by Sounder at Heart. The club will likely need to pay a transfer fee, but does not need to use its spot in Allocation Order to snag the Swedish player currently with Esbjergs in Denmark. Word from Denmark is that the fan favorite will sign within a few days and the Sounders are expected to make an announcement on Monday.
A Danish publication is also reporting that Friberg is heading to MLS.
Since leaving the Sounders, Friberg has played for Malmo (Sweden), Bologna (Italy) and Esbjergs (Denmark). He also has one cap with the Swedish National Team. With Malmo he won the Allsvenskan while scoring six goals in league play.
When he was last in Seattle he primarily played as a center mid and right midfielder. He has also seen time as a left mid and even played forward in a match during his absence from the Puget Sound.
He will be ineligible to join the team until July 8th at the earliest. Per Garth Lagerwey's chat with Extra Time Radio, the Sounders have one additional spot open on the roster. It could fit an international player too.