From day one Fredy Montero was special. That game, when no one had an idea if this Seattle Sounders MLS thing was really going to work, there were signals that he could do the amazing. The lasting image of day is the unbridled joy of the crowd, sparked by a Colombian. It was the 12thth minute, the start of something special and a moment remembered in song.
Fredy Montero will spend 2013 with Millonarios, the Colombian league champions, on loan for the year from Seattle Sounders FC the team announced via press release Monday morning. A new twist to the long saga emerged as the team announced it reached a multi-year contract extension with Montero as well.
This was pointed out to me over twitter on Christmas, and since it was Christmas I didn't address it. It is a story on a Colombian site that points out that Millionarios wants Fredy Montero to join them in their Copa Libertadores run. It adds on an interview with Fredy Montero.
SEATTLE, Wash. - They play the games for a reason, and for 88 minutes Saturday afternoon
swooning Chivas USA (7-12-7)Â looked likeÂ it might defy the odds and earn a draw with the Seattle
But this late in the season there areÂ also reasons why some teams are fighting for the
Supporters' Shield while others watch their playoff hopes dwindle away.
Just two weeks ago the scouting report on Chivas was that they were a miserly team that didn't
score much but didn't allow many goals either. So naturally their following game versus the Seattle
Sounders featured 8 goals, including Fredy Montero's first hat trick and some pretty unimpressive
defending from Seattle that meant a 10 goal game wouldn't have been unthinkable.
Montreal midfielder Patrice Bernier is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for August, MLS
announced on Tuesday. Montreal was a perfect 4-0-0 over the month with Bernier scoring three times
with three assists. Bernier got eight of the 19 votes, tying Seattle's Fredy Montero. Bernier got
the nod with five 2nd-choice votes to Montero's four.
Few new signings, let alone Designated Players, have come into MLS and had the immediate impact
along the lines of what Federico Higuain has had with the Columbus Crew.Â
Higuain netted three goals and four assists in four matches in his first month in MLS, leading
the surging Crew to a 3-0-1 record in that time and making him a natural selection for SBI's MLS
Player of the Month for August.
It seems funny to think about it now, but not that long ago there was some serious concerns
about the Seattle Sounders' offense and their supposed lack of depth. Funny how a couple moves,
along with some key players returning to health, can change perceptions.
The Sounders now sit on 65 goals scored through 34 competitive matches following their
second-three goal performance in CONCACAF Champions League play.
At the Larry Gomes Stadium in Trinidad & Tobago, Seattle had little trouble with Caledonia in a 3-1
win in the CONCACAF Champions League. Seattle's Alex Caskey opened the scoring in the 45th and it
was 2-0 when Samuel Ochoa scored in the 60th minute. Caledonia got a goal back in the 67th, but
Fredy Montero scored Seattle's third two minutes later.
Dealing with recent travel problems, wet & heavy grass and the peculiarities of CONCACAF
officiating the Seattle Sounders pushed by Caledonia AIA in a game that in many ways was a
repetition of the last meeting. Three goals for the Sounders v one pk goal by the Trinidad side.
Scoring was opened by Alex Caskey on assists by Zach Scott and Sammy Ochoa.
Making Waves: Rising MLS talent that will draw European interest - originally posted on
With the recent EPL debut of Houston Dynamo product Geoff Cameron an undeniable success (he
received "Man of the Match" honors in Stoke City's scoreless draw against Arsenal), we now look to
the next batch of MLS-ers poised and postured to eventually make similar hops across the pond.
Perceptions of the Sounders have evolved significantly over the course of the season. Early in
the year many people questioned whether Eddie Johnson could still score goals. Later, when it was
clear that EJ found his shooting boots, there were concerns that Fredy Montero could not play
Another day, another Fredy Montero interview. It's like he's the hottest player in MLS or
something. In this case he did an interview with El Pais of Colombia. The most revealing news to
Seattle Sounders fans is that despite all the rumors of clubs interested in Montero, none have made
an offer to buy.
Osvaldo Alonso's lasting memory of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup may not be a great one, but he can at
least take solace in being named the "Player of the Tournament" by theCup.US. Alonso was one of
three Seattle Sounders players not to convert his attempt in the decisive penalty shootout, but he
was undeniably a major reason they were even there to begin with.
Columbus forward Federico Higuain is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week, MLS announced on
Monday. Higuain had a goal and an assist in the Crew's Wednesday win over Toronto and scored two
goals in their 4-3 win over New England on Saturday. Higuain received 10 of the 22 first-place
votes. Seattle's Fredy Montero got nine, with Higuain's teammate Jairo Arrieta picking up two and
San Jose's Alan Gordon receiving one.
I'll admit, I totally forgot to do anything with my Fantasy Manager lineup this week. I knew
there were midweek games that would case the roster freeze to happen a day or two early but the
busy day job stuff got in the way of me updating anything on my roster.
The Columbus Crew have propelled themselves into the Eastern Conference playoff race on the
strength of a pair of victories this past week, and no player was more important in securing those
victories than Federico Higuain.
The Argentine newcomer was instrumental in last Wednesday's 2-1 win vs.
On Saturday night Fredy Montero made sure that his 100thÂ regular season MLS start was a memorable
one by scoring his first hat-trick.Â It was a night where the Sounders showed that when they are
at their best, they can be ...
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Teams around MLS at the first third of the season were worried about the forward pairing of
Thiery Henry and Kenny Cooper. They were as good as can be. It was a big-small style of pairing
with Henry playing behind Cooper and doing it as well as couple be done. Then emerged Chris
Wondolowski and his duel pairings.
Sometimes a meme becomes so funny it can only live as a joke. Anyone using the "Fredy Montero is
lazy" is in fact themselves so lazy they are a joke. Sure, Montero wasn't the only reason the
Seattle Sounders matched their best ever result in MLS with a 6-2 win over Chivas USA. Still a
hatrick is pretty awesome in any circumstances.
Games are not played on paper. If they were this is one of those that could already be over. The
Goats are not a good soccer team. They have a broken offense and a defense that is kept alive by
Dan Kennedy. They also aren't as bad as their numbers say. Still, the Sounders are road favorites,
strong road favorites.
With the Seattle Sounders suddenly as healthy as they've been all year, the coaches can finally
make some choices that are based on something other than necessity. As I alluded to in my story
about the left-midfield position, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid suggested that could lend itself to
some interested tactical decisions.
Fredy Montero is all over the place these days. He's on a national television program as the
second player profiled for the new program MLS36. He threw out the first pitch at the Mariners
game. He's hosted a chat on twitter to help promote Gatorade's Beat The Heat campaign for awareness
of proper hydration and training in the heat of summer.
Brad Evans play as a right mid started a little while ago. It was due to the strong play of Andy
Rose and the benching of Fredy Montero and then just continued, except for those times when he was
used at right back or at center mid. He's even popped up at left mid for a bit. There was a theory,
one I really wanted to be true because I like fun tactical stuff and I like how Evans plays, that
he was now being used as a roving midfielder.
Coming off a rather horrible week, the Seattle Sounders got just what they needed with a win
over Cascadia Cup rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps. The winning goal was provided by none other than
Fredy Montero, who made a bit of a surprise appearance off the bench. A surprise only because he
figured to be starting.
Steve Zakuani is not quite ready to reclaim his spot as the Seattle Sounders' starting left
midfielder, but on Sunday he showed that he's getting close. Zakuani scored a pair of goals in a
Reserve League game, the first he's scored in any match since breaking his leg last May, as the
Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 3-2.
Modern life can be pretty amazing. After PTI put up a photo with Felix Hernandez celebrating his
perfect game, Felixing became a thing. A thing that was so cool the George & Dragon pub suggested
that all Sounders goals scored should be celebrating by Felxing. Fredy Montero then retweeted that
This is probably not something to get too worked up about at this point, but reports out of
Italy are claiming that Chievo Verona is interested in acquiring Fredy Montero from the Seattle
Sounders. I'm relying on Google translate to explain the article, so it's not entirely clear if
there's anything close to a reliable source on this, but numerous outlets have run with the story
that seems to have originated in L'Arena.
As if the pressure of the Cascadia Cup rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver
Whitecaps wasn't enough, this weekend's bout featuring the Pacific Northwest rivals also carries
notable Western Conference playoff implications.
With a crowd of about 60,000 expected to fill CenturyLink Field, the Sounders will host the
Whitecaps in a match contested between two of the teams locked in a three-way tie for third in the
Leagues around the world take a back seat to the international game, as World Cup qualifying
The marquee match for U.S. soccer fans is the U.S. men's national team's battle against Jamaica
Friday night, where the U.S. can claim sole possession of first place in its qualifying group with
The depth of the Sounder's 2012 roster allows Sigi Schmid tactical flexibility. Last night in
Frisco, Texas, we got a taste of just how much flexibility. Normally the Sounders play a modified
4-4-2 formation that is affectionately known as Sigi's Arrow. Last night the team lined up in a
modified 4-3-3 and by the end of the game was actually playing a formation closer to a 4-5-1 as
fatigue set in.