Vancouver Whitecaps will be regaining the services of talisman Fredy Montero. The forward initially joined the club in 2017 on loan from Chinese side Tianjin TEDA. Through that short spell he featured in 36 games, scoring 14 goals.
Montero boasts a proven track record as a goal scorer, particularly in MLS. He first arrived in the States as part of the 2009/10 Seattle Sounders outfit on loan. That year he scored 22 goals in 56 games, which eventually landed him a three-year deal with the club. He remains Seattle’s top scorer having scored 60 goals across all club competitions.
In a statement released by the club earlier this week, head coach Marc Dos Santos expressed his enthusiasm surrounding the acquisition.
“We’re happy to have Fredy back in Vancouver. He’s returning to a city and a club he knows very well, and to a league where he’s had incredible success. He gives us a proven goalscorer and an important presence in our locker room. Whether Fredy will be a Designated Player or whether we will use Targeted Allocation Money on his contract will be determined prior to the MLS Roster Compliance Date on March 1. We’re looking forward to having him join the group as we start the next phase of our training camp in Los Angeles.”
Montero, himself, mirrored this sentiment, thanking the club for their interest in bringing him back.
“Vancouver is a special place for my family and me,” said Montero. “I’m blessed and excited to be back. The city and fans welcomed us in 2017, and I’m ready to score goals and give my all to the club once again. I just want to say thank you to the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity.”
The addition of Montero breathes newfound goalscoring prowess to the team. His pace and durability in-front of goal makes him almost unstoppable one-on-one. Montero is also unselfish as he consistently creates chances for his teammates. This is best evidenced by the fact that he has registered 42 assists in his 165 MLS appearances.
In addition, the trade will provide veteran leadership to the Whitecaps’ roster. This being something that the franchise could greatly benefit from considering their youthful roster and poor finish to the season last year.