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Svensson's arrival helped fill leadership vacuum in Seattle's march to MLS Cup

SEATTLE -- Brian Schmetzer's most pressing concern this past offseason was about what the head coach described this week as a "leadership vacuum." Mere hours after winning last year's MLS Cup, his Sounders parted ways with a host of veterans like Nelson Valdez, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Tyrone Mears, Herculez Gomez and Zach Scott.

Not all of them played starring roles in Seattle's title run, but each had been popular within the locker room. They were strong voices willing to share opinions...


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Seattle Sounders sign Sweden international Gustav Svensson

The Seattle Sounders have signed Sweden international Gustav Svensson, the club announced on Monday.

Swedish outlet Expressen had earlier reported that Svensson had already agreed to a two-year deal with the reigning MLS Cup champions. 

Svensson will likely take over the role in midfield that Erik Friberg occupied last year, that of playing anywhere in the center of midfield, be it a holding role or more advanced. Friberg's option was declined by the Sounders after the season, and he has since...