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Nearly a month has passed since midfielder Freddie Ljungberg bid adieu to Seattle Sounders FC and welcomed the Chicago Fire with open arms.

Ljungberg returns to his former Seattle stomping grounds this Saturday when the Fire take on the Sounders at Qwest Field.

Qwest draws MLS's largest fan attendance and plays in one of the loudest venues the league has to offer. Ljungberg could hear a much different tone than he was used to earlier this season and last year when he played in his first MLS campaign with Seattle.

"In the stands you'll probably get some cheers and some boos," the Sweden native said. "That's probably what it's like. Back home, wherever you went you got booed everywhere. It just makes you want to play more. So it's not a problem."

The irony of this trip is that Seattle has been on a tear of late without Ljungberg. The Sounders (8-8-5) are in the midst of a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2). Chicago (6-6-6) is looking to shake of a 4-3 loss to the Houston Dynamo that included a horrendous first half, followed by an improved second half.

"The second half, I think we played extremely well," Ljungberg said. "That's probably the best we've played since I've been here. We controlled the game totally."

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