The Seattle Sounders officially announced that Miguel Montano has been loaned to the Montreal Impact for the remainder of the 2011 season. The 20-year-old was in Seattle on a loan from Argentinian side Quilmes.
"Right now I wasn’t seeing playing time for him here," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said after training on Monday. "He’s a young player and so that obviously, everybody deals with confidence and little bit differently but for him as a young player I think he needed to find his confidence and he needs to go to a play where he’ll have the opportunity to play more regularly. I didn’t think we had enough reserve games coming up. I didn’t see him playing in these games and just for him to be able to get some confidence and find some consistency."
Montano has shown glimpses of quality at various points during his Sounders career, but has also been prone to mental errors that have helped keep him off the field. His most notorious moment was getting red carded during his only start of the 2010 season when he threw a retaliatory elbow at FC Dallas' Brek Shea. He has only played in two MLS games this year.
The move will likely mean Montano will have a chance to see his first extended action of the season. Most of Montano's playing time has come during Reserve League play where he has one goal and two assists in eight games. The Sounders don't have another reserve game scheduled until Oct. 11.
The Impact, on the other hand, are in the midst of a so-far disappointing NASL season as they prepare to join MLS in 2012. New coach Jesse Marsch will likely be treating the loan as an extended trial.