Player Details


Erik Friberg


5' 11"


154 lbs

Date of Birth

2.10.1986 (35)


Goteborg, Sweden


2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

Option declined following 2016 season.


You’ll have a hard time finding a player who’s wormed his way into a fan base’s good graces quite like the all-action Erik Friberg did during his time in Seattle. The Swede emerged as a valuable member of Seattle’s midfield in 2011, and his return in 2015 was a welcome sight for Sounders fans everywhere. Friberg is an all-action box-to-box midfielder with the ability to both trek forward and dynamite attacks as a sitting defensive bulwark. His ability to pick big moments to score the few goals he does isn’t exactly unwelcome either.

INTERNATIONAL: When he was with Malmö in 2012, Friberg earned his first call-up to a Swedish national team camp. He appeared in two matches that month and has not featured again.

OUTSIDE MLS: Friberg came up with Swedish first tier side BK Häcken in 2007, and he made 94 appearances for the club before joining Seattle for the 2011 season. After a successful year, he moved back home to join Malmö for two seasons and earned a transfer to Italian Serie A club Bologna. He started five matches during the 2013-14 season and joined Danish club Göteborg for 2015 before leaving again for Seattle.

NOTES: Earned the title “Mr. 100 Percent” for scoring six goals on six shots during the 2013 season with Malmö.



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