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Montero not Leaving Yet

SEATTLE - APRIL 03:  Mike Petke #12 of the New York Red Bulls  battles Fredy Montero #17 of  the Seattle Sounders FC on April 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - APRIL 03: Mike Petke #12 of the New York Red Bulls battles Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC on April 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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You probably have picked up some rumblings that Fredy Montero has drawn interest from CSKA Moskow. The original posting is at Colombia.com. MLS-Rumors has posted a translation. There it mentions

Fred[y]Montero, currently on the squad of Seattle Sounders in MLS, told Radio Caracol he is "expected to" clarify its move to Russian football in the coming hours. The Colombian said CSKA Moscow is the most likely possibility, and also that teams from Holland, Turkey and England were interested in the services of striker.


Knowledge of transfer windows matters though. You'll note that only the USA/Canada and Finland have open windows at this time, and that Russia isn't listed. Russia's closed last Thursday, if you were wondering. The window that determines if a player can move to a new team and league is the one in which the League accepting the player sets, not the departing league.

There are rare exceptions due to injury. But Moskow is not desperate at this time for a forward, they have tons of them.

Sure Montero will likely move, and it will be good for him when he does, but it won't happen now. It will likely happen during other leagues summer window roughly at the same time that Blaise Nkufo and a DP or two join the squad.

 

UPDATE: Mayers has quotes from Hanauer related to the transfer window - Montano, Pires, Montero and surprises. This is related and a must read for some perspective.

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