He's more than just another handsome Swede, as any Sounders fan--and now the national press--can attest. Like Marky Mark before him, Freddie Ljungberg was a world-class underwear model. But unlike Marky Mark, he's also a world-class soccer player on a wildly successful expansion franchise--the Sounders lead MLS in attendance. For all that, folks are taking notice. Ljungberg told the NY Times he's tickled with the way things are working out in Seattle:
"I'm really happy with the fans, and the team is great," he said.
Ljungberg said he had been enjoying the view of sailboats plying Puget Sound from his apartment in Bellevue, Wash., east of Seattle. What is his favorite thing about Seattle? "Well, it's not raining even close to as much as people said."
In all likelihood, he's viewing sailboats in Lake Washington. But even in wetter years, he shouldn't see too much rain during the season (from April to October). Either way, his enthusiasm--see, for example, his exit lap after his ejection on Saturday, wherein he repeatedly gestured for more noise from the outraged Sounders faithful--is likely to continue to win him fans.
Sadly, though, he's seemingly lost one: Erika Hobart. SW's resident manspotter swooned over the midfielder's midriff in anticipation of an upcoming match with the New England Revolution--even declaring herself willing to give him a pass for being only 5'9", below her usual requirements. But after seeing him live last week, she's declared him too bald, or at least too bald to get away with being 5'9". Sorry about that one, Freddie. As Marie Claire can attest, Erika can be tough to please.