The one-time King of Cascadia returns to the land of sea and sky. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the necessary trade up in the Allocation List and the acquisition of former Seattle Sounders All Star Fredy Montero. Vancouver gave up an international spot, $100k in General Allocation Money, and $125k in Targeted Allocation Money for a year of Montero’s services. This was announced as a loan and it appears as though he’s out of contract at the end of the year.
That does mean that the Montero transfer saga will take place again in the 2017-18 MLS offseason. For 2017, though, the three-time All Star, ‘09 Newcomer of the Year, three-time Open Cup winner, and Cascadia Cup champion is a Whitecap.
'I'm really excited, so happy, and feel blessed," Montero said in a club statement. "I was looking forward to once again playing in Major League Soccer and I am so thankful to Whitecaps FC for giving me this opportunity. I can't wait to step onto the field, in front of the great Vancouver supporters, and start scoring goals."
Fredy already has a highlight package announcing the move, in black & white so his new team doesn’t see his brilliance in Rave Green.
Thankful to @WhitecapsFC for putting your trust on me pic.twitter.com/zs7mWaUBJ5— Fredy Montero (@_fredymontero) February 15, 2017
It’s frustrating to see a Sounder go to a rival...
though this move is likely a good one for Fredy and his family.