Seattle Sounders sign Fredy Montero, marking return of membership’s all-time main scorer

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

The Seattle Sounders have signed forward Fredy Montero, the membership introduced Thursday, marking a return of the membership’s document goalscorer.  

Montero, 33, was an authentic member of the Sounders’ enlargement season in 2009, scoring the primary goal in membership history. In 4 seasons with Seattle, he had 47 goals and 34 assists in 119 regular-season appearances and his 60 goals in all competitions stay a Sounders document. He helped lead the membership to three US Open Cup triumphs and was named MLS Newcomer of the 12 months in 2009. 

“Fredy is a prolific forward who’s confirmed himself in MLS and overseas, along with nonetheless holding a variety of membership data right here,” said Sounders normal manager & president of soccer Garth Lagerwey in a membership launch. “When good players return to Seattle, it speaks to the robust tradition that we’ve constructed. I’m trying forward to bringing him into the group and seeing what he can contribute to our attack.”

The Colombian forward departed for Sporting CP in the summertime of 2013 after spending the primary half of the year on loan in Colombia. Throughout two stints with Sporting, he scored 30 goals. He additionally spent time in China and returned to MLS with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2017 then 2019-20.

In three seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Montero had 27 goals and 14 assists in 81 appearances (59 begins). His contract expired after the 2020 season. He additionally made 4 appearances with the Colombian national team. 

“I’ve a variety of fond memories of Fredy Montero in a Sounders jersey, and I’m happy to welcome him back to the membership,” said Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer. “He has all the time been a dynamic attacker with a powerful finishing contact. I’m all the time happy to have players that may score goals and am trying forward to getting him on the coaching pitch as our 2021 preparations ramp up.”

Montero joins a forward group in Seattle that’s led by Designated Player Raul Ruidiaz as well as Will Bruin and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez. The membership made MLS Cup in 2020, falling to Columbus Crew SC. 

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