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Fredy Montero scores again, leads Portugal in goals, has Sporting Lisbon in second place (Video)

Sep 15, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Heading home Sporting Lisbon’s opener in the 51st minute at Olhanense, Fredy Montero recorded his sixth goal of the Portuguese season on Sunday. Sporting went on to post a 2-0 win, now sit second behind Porto with 10 points through four games, and have seen their preseason acquisition from Colombia surge to the top of the league’s scoring charts. In four appearances, Montero’s scored six times.

This goal was a bit of a gimme, an interesting attempt at zonal marking seeing Olhanense’s line fail to drop enough to make up the space between themselves and Montero. André Martins, who went on to scored Sporting’s second, also deserves a lot of credit for an excellent ball, but between poor defending, some possible tentativeness from the goalkeeper, or (the biggest culprit) a dubious non-call from the linesman, Fredy had it easy on this one:

You think Sporting Lisbon’s going to hesitate to pick up that $3.3 million buy clause? The Seattle Sounder is technically on loan to the Lisbon club, but with this hot start, he may be as good as gone.

It creates a bittersweet if misleading situation as it concerns the MLS view of this. When a player like Montero — highly successful but also highly under-appreciated in MLS — has this kind of success, some ask why the league couldn’t keep this kind of talent, particularly when the buy clause won’t break any records for league transfer fees.

Reality, however has seen Montero’s time in Seattle run its course. Both sides had their reasons for taking the next step. Seattle, leading the Western Conference, has done fine without their star, although it’s difficult to argue they wouldn’t be just as well off with him. Montero, on the other hand, has finally made the leap to Europe, something he’d opening talked about during his final season with the Sounders.

As a result, a the group of Seattle fans that stayed loyal to this franchise’s best player can take some pride in what one of their favorites is doing in Portugal. Others may be rethinking some of the nitpicking Montero was subjected to during his time in MLS.

  1. hildezero - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    $_$ <- That's the face of the Seattle owners will have after Montero's loan expires at the end of the Portuguese league season ends. I say, sell him.

  2. talgrath - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    As always, here’s the thing, for whatever reason, when he played for the Sounders he was inconsistent. Montero would sometimes just put bunches of goals in the net, frequently 2 at a time, for a few games, then he would go silent. Montero’s goal silence was particularly problematic in the post-season where he didn’t put a single one in the net in any of his appearances for the Sounders. I thoroughly enjoyed Montero’s time in MLS, but it’s obvious at this point the best option is to accept the buy out.

    • midtec2005 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      You’re absolutely right. I’m happy about this though because it looks good on MLS. Besides Seattle has so many attacking players now I’m not sure there is room for all of them without Montero…

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