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Sounders need rest, more goals

Sun., June 13, 2010

SEATTLE – The competitor in Freddie Ljungberg knows how he’d like the Sounders to get out of their funk.

He wants to play.

But after a subpar 4-6-3 start to the season, a break doesn’t sound bad either. Two weeks off for the FIFA World Cup could be good to heal some bruises, both physical and maybe even emotional.

“In that way it’s nice,” Ljungberg said. “I know in Europe and every league except for England, they have a little break. … Hopefully, we’ll come back stronger.”

Sounders FC needs to.

The team sits second-to-last in the Western Conference with 15 points and has significant work to do to get back into the playoff picture. Despite a discouraging start, coach Sigi Schmid said the points are out there for his team.

“It’s just a matter of us going out there and getting them,” Schmid said.

It’s also a matter of getting goals.

Despite consistently outshooting opponents and controlling the run of play, Seattle has struggled to consistently finish its scoring chances. The solution could be coming, as 6-foot-3 forward Nate Jaqua is two weeks away from recovering from surgery to repair a lower-abdominal fascial tear. Blaise Nkufo, an established goal-scoring forward with experience in Europe, will also join the Sounders after representing Switzerland in the World Cup.

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