Thursday, December 2, 2010

Montero Now A DP

Seattle Sounders FC has signed Fredy Montero as their third designated player. Montero was on loan to Sounders FC for 2009 and 2010 from Deportivo Cali in Columbia. Montero burst into the league in Sounders FC's first MLS game against the New York Red Bulls and became the talk of Seattle; though his production did cool off toward the end of his first MLS season. In 56 matches Montero has scored 22 goals and is a constant threat in Seattle's attack.

Montero has been the center of some controversy during his time in Seattle. In April 2009, he was linked with a sexual assault charge that was later dropped for insufficient evidence. Montero has also been rumored, more than once, to be drawing interest from teams in Europe. In the past he has done little to qwell those rumors; however, now as a DP and one of the three highest paid players at the club, it should keep the front man happy for the time being.

Montero joins Blaise Nkofu and Alvaro Fernandez as Seattle's DPs.

Lastly, in other MLS DP news, Real Salt Lake has signed Alvaro Saborio as a DP. Saborio Spent last season on loan from Swiss League team FC Sion. The 28 year old scored 12 goals in 27 matches and becomes the clubs first DP. The signing of Saborio was classified as RSL top offseason priority, and my thinking behind the deal is that Saborio would only stay in the barren lands of Utah as a DP and not on his previous wages. We shall see in time if this was good business on RSL's part. Being that I am highly critical of signing a DP I am anxious to see if Saborio can fulfill expectations.

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