Seattle Sounders FC has turned to Sweden for another midfielder, signing 24-year-old Erik Friberg on Thursday.
Friberg has played the past four seasons with BK Hacken in the Swedish first division. He’s the second Swede to play in Seattle – the Sounders signed midfielder Freddie Ljungberg as the team’s first designated player. He was traded to Chicago last season.
“This is very exciting, to be coming to Seattle and playing for Sounders,” Friberg said in a team release. “I want to help the club win as many matches as possible. I work hard, I like to play and my desire to win is plain to see in every match.”
Friberg’s signing will be finalized upon receipt of his international paperwork.
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Playing in the middle and sometimes the left side, Friberg scored five times in 94 appearances. Friberg (pronounced FREE-burg) first signed as a professional at age 16 with Vstra Frlunda IF.
“He has a nonstop engine and is versatile with the ability to play in the middle of the park or wide on occasion,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “His passing will help diversify our attack in 2011.”
Seattle also said there would be an announcement regarding goalkeeper Kasey Keller today. He’s expected to sign a one-year extension. It’s long been expected that Keller will sign an extension to play at least through the 2011 season with the Sounders.