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Fredy Montero nearly came back to MLS, but not Sounders

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With Sporting Lisbon signing Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz it is almost certain that their time with Fredy Montero is over. The former Seattle Sounders star is likely to move on this summer, and during the last MLS transfer window almost returned to the league per an interview with Univision.

About MLS, although it was not Seattle, my agent try to wait until the season ended' said the Colombian, whom contributed some to his team to win the Portugal Cup recently. - translation by Paty Tobin

Montero makes clear in the same interview that Seattle is like a second home to him and that his move to Sporting helped develop him as a more complete player.

He often played as a lone forward for the Portuguese side scoring 24 goals in 69 competitive matches throughout league, cup, Europa League and Champions League play.

Montero is on the league Allocation List, meaning that a team would need to be at the top of the Allocation Order, or hope those at the top pass on the former Sounder.

Sigi Schmid recently said that he's playing phone tag with an overseas player that he'd like to add during the transfer window that just opened. Seattle could have an open roster spot via the new Targeted Allocation Money mechanism if they used it on Alonso. Montero is Sounders FC's leading goal-scorer with 47 MLS goals and 60 in all competitions.

Fitting Montero, Dempsey and Martins into the same attack would be difficult. Seeing Montero suit-up against the Sounders in an MLS match would be emotionally trying.

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