Busy day on the writing front

30 07 2010

I missed the Man. U. – Chivas de Guadalajara game tonight. How’d Chicharito do and did he really play each half for each team? What a great idea.

SOCCER/FUTBOL GUADALAJARA VS MANCHESTER UNITED CHICHARO DE MUCHA CALIDAD Action photo of Javier Hernandez of Guadalajara celebrating a goal, during the friendly game at Guadalajara city./Foto de accion de Javier Hernandez de Guadalajara celebrando un gol en contra de Manchester United, durante el juego amistoso en la ciudad de Guadalajara. 30 July 2010 MEXSPORT/EDGAR QUINTANA Photo via Newscom

On a day when NFL training camps opened and/or  players reported to respective sites, I wrote about a big trade in MLS and recollections of training camp days when I covered the Seahawks.

Amazing how quickly Freddie Ljungberg fell out of favor with the Sounders. But the team looks like it is rounding into better form without him, so maybe it wasn’t such a bad move. When he was at his best, though, he made a big difference. I will remember the Toronto FC game, his first with the Sounders, last season, in which Ljungberg scored the team’s first-ever road goal in chilly BMO Field.

SEATTLE - JUNE 10: Freddie Ljungberg  of the Seattle Sounders FC complains to the referee after receiving a yellow card against D.C. United on June 10, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. D.C. United defeated the Sounders 3-2. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The guy wasn’t producing, let’s face it, and the Sounders are clearly about winning now, not retooling and rebuilding. Hard to believe this can be said, but the Sounders pay Ljungberg until November when he comes off the books, and they get a couple of conditional draft picks in return. Not the best deal in the world, but something is better than nothing.

As for NFL training camp, I’m hoping to go check out the Arizona Cardinals in Flagstaff next month. Training camp, in my days covering the NFL, was both dreaded and rewarding, as the work days were long, but I got in good shape working out and playing tennis and even saw a few movies and ate at some solid Spokane restaurants.

Cheney is a small town, but the weather was perfect in the summer, only getting really hot for a few days, and the Seahawks were a good bunch of guys to be around.

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