Fredy Montero was all smiles on his video name with Seattle media on Friday, his first because it was introduced that the Seattle Sounders unique was returning to his first home in MLS.
For Montero, the homecoming takes him back to town the place he grew to become a star and team leader from Seattle’s MLS enlargement season of 2009 till his 2012 departure. The Colombian forward remains to be the membership’s all-time main goal-scorer with 60 throughout all competitions and has maintained a close connection to the place that he considers his adopted home. Montero met his spouse in Seattle, owns a espresso store within the metropolis and nonetheless has his home within the close by suburb of Bellevue, all elements that made the prospect of a reunion a no brainer when the chance offered itself.
“Why? As a result of Seattle is my home,” Montero said on Friday. “I liked my time enjoying right here. And naturally there wasn’t a second considered having the chance to [come back]. I really feel that I’ve extra to provide to the team and to assist the team attain their goals and clearly it is a winning mentality, I want to add my talent to that.”
“I really feel that each one this expertise that I’ve amassed over the past years being abroad, enjoying on totally different continents, I will use it within the best approach.”
It is a reunion that is about greater than the sentimental worth, although. The homecoming comes at a time when the Sounders are going to want Montero’s goal-scoring prowess on the field, as standout winger Jordan Morris was just lately lost for the foreseeable future with a torn ACL whereas on loan with Swansea City within the English Championship, seemingly leaving Seattle with out one in all its most dynamic attacking threats for all of 2021.
Montero’s skillset is not a like-for-like substitute for Morris, however he has remained loads productive later into his career. He is spent three out of the past 4 years with Seattle’s Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps, racking up 26 goals and 14 assists in 81 video games.
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer has teased the potential of a two-forward formation in his current interviews, that means a rotation that features Montero, Will Bruin and Peruvian standout Raul Ruidiaz might be within the playing cards as Seattle adapt to life with out Morris. Montero and Schmetzer are well acquainted from Montero’s first stint with the membership when Schmetzer was an assistant on the workers of the late Sigi Schmid.
“[Schmetzer] he was the one which got here to Colombia and I needed to sit with him and a translator to speak about when and how I used to be going to move to the USA for the primary time,” Montero said. “The years handed by and after I needed to leave to Europe, clearly I stored in contact with him and his success was my success as well. He was winning trophies and I used to be happy for him. The way in which that he defined to me the team was going to play this year is with two strikers, and clearly it may be enjoyable. I am excited to start coaching with him and the teaching workers. I am undoubtedly wanting forward to it.”
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Montero said that he had different offers, together with in Colombia and in Europe, however that coming back to Seattle was all the time on the forefront of his thoughts. The hope, he said, is that his second stint with the membership will mark the last time he has to pack his baggage for a change of surroundings in what has been a well-traveled career.
“I knew from the start I used to be going to be affected person till this chance opened up and thank God it did,” the 33-year-old said. “My household and I are really happy and excited to stay at home. Hopefully I can play three, 4, 5 extra years. I do not know. So long as my physique retains giving 100 percent and I nonetheless benefit from the sport, I shall be right here.”