Expect the chants of “Play Friberg!” to echo throughout the pitch this Friday by the Rave Green faithful.
Injuries and red cards have decimated the Sounder squad. Losing to the cellar dwelling Philadelphia Union and suffering a second humiliation to Portland in the span of 2 weeks have been unacceptable. The Sounders have had been playing practically a reserve squad during this span. Friberg is expected to join Sounders FC after the transfer window opens on July 8th. He also may be delayed by a U.S. State Department glitch that has snarled the processing of visas for all foreigners.
“We’re excited to add a versatile midfielder in Erik to our roster,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Erik is a player that is well-liked and respected within our organization, and we’re eager to welcome him back to Seattle.”
Friberg played for Sounders FC in 2011, in 26 appearances he had one goal and two assists while showing hustle, range, and strong defense. A constant contributor to the top teams in Sweden and most recently playing for Bologna in Serie A, Friberg is but a visa away from joining the club.
“Erik is a smart tactical player and has the ability to put players out of the game with his forward passing,” said Sounders FC Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “He won a U.S. Open Cup Championship with our organization, and after leaving Seattle he played in three strong European leagues. We are happy to add his leadership to the group.”
They say timing is everything. The timing of this move could not be more perfect. Friberg will eat tacos, please fans and most importantly contribute in the central midfield, where the Sounders have been outplayed of late. In Sunday’s terrible loss to Timbers FC, all of the Portland goals comes from the center of the pitch. Control the center control the board. This move will give Sigi Schmid and Sounders FC more depth, flexiblilty, and strength to cope with the long MLS season. Friberg is the right player with the right experience, in the right place in his career, playing the right position to have an immediate and material impact on the fortunes of Seattle Sounders FC.