Ljunberg had an excellent first season with the Sounders last year, but has become dissatisfied in 2010, apparently over the club’s unwillingness to commit to him for 2011.
The former Swedish international hasn’t played since July 4, and he didn’t travel with the team for its July 15 game at D.C. United.
U.S. international Jonathan Bornstein has announced that he will join Mexican club Tigres after the 2010 MLS season. The 25-year-old defender—whose mother is from Mexico—will be the second capped American to depart Chivas this year, following midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who signed with Anderlecht earlier this summer.
If Dave Checketts is to be believed, there will be an acquisition in the next few days that will more than make up for these departures: The Real Salt Lake owner suggested that Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho, 30, was about to sign with Major League Soccer and join the LA Galaxy.
No word yet from the Galaxy or MLS on this, but … let’s see: Thierry Henry to New York, possibly followed by Rafael Marquez, Nery Castillo to Chicago and Ronaldinho linked to LA, (where he could line up alongside Beckham and Donovan)?
The three-D.P.s-per-team rule may just be on the verge of ushering in a new era for the 15-year-old league.