Newly signed striker Fredy Montero said the decision to reunite with the Seattle Sounders was an easy one despite several offers to play else. Montero spoke with the media for the first time Friday after inking a one-year deal.
The Colombian returns to Seattle, where he played from 2009-2012, winning the Sounders FC‘s Golden Boot Award each of the club’s first three MLS seasons scoring 47 goals and racking up 34 assists in regular-season play. Montero is one of four Sounder players that have repeated as the club’s Golden Boot Award, Raul Ruidiaz( 2018-2020), Eddie Johnson (2012-2013), and Obafemi Martins ( 2014-2015). After foreign stints in Colombia, Portugal and China Montero spent three of the last four years with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
OPPORTUNE TIME TO RETURN
The return to Seattle makes sense for Montero and the club. The unfortunate Jordan Morris injury created a big hole in the Sounders attack. With the 2021 season approaching the Sounders were pressed to make a quick move to shore up the attack. Marksman Ruidiaz finished third in goals scored last season. Will Bruin returned from a season-ending injury suffered in 2019 and proved a reliable option. Bruin started five games regular-season games and played in two post-season matches. Despite scoring just two goals once in the regular season and postseason Bruin is a proven goalscorer when given minutes.
Head coach Brian Schmetzer hinted that the team would play a myriad of formations and the resigning of Montero opens the door for a two forward formation. The spine of the Sounders attack is as good as there is in MLS. Captain Nicolas Lodeiro Joao Paulo, Cristian Roldan, Jordy Delem, and Kelyn Rowe give Schmetzer unbound flexibility in what formation to dial-up. The group is quick, brilliant with the ball, and tenacious on defense.