Sounders FC

Ljungberg keeps eye on MLS labor negotiations

Sounders FC designated player Freddie Ljungberg said his return to Major League Soccer will depend on negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement in the league.

Ljungberg said on his Web site Friday that he has not made a final decision on where he’ll play this spring. The Sounders open training camp Monday in Tukwila.

The league’s five-year labor contract expires Jan. 31.

Ljungberg was an All-Star and had two goals and a team-high nine assists last season. His contract with Seattle goes through the 2010 season.


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