Seattle Sounders' Fredy Montero heads to Millonarios

The Colombian striker returns to his native country in hopes of improving.
After months of speculation, the Seattle Sounders have finally clarified the future of its star striker Fredy Montero.

Seattle has confirmed that Montero has been loaned to Millonarios FC of the Colombian first division for the 2013 season.  Also suprisingly, Seattle also revealed that it signed Montero to a new multi-year contract extension prior to the loan. It was expected that the Sounders might try to sell Montero to the Colombian after his loan spell but this move could signal that he would return at some point.

Montero, 25, is Seattle's all-time leading scorer with 47 goals in league play - the third-most goals in MLS since 2009. Overall, Montero has scored 60 goals with 43 assists across all competitions to lead the team. He has recorded 23 game-winning goals and 12 game-winning assists in all competitions.

"Fredy has been a fantastic player and pro for Sounders FC over our first four years," said team owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. "We wish Fredy the best of success with Millonarios as he continues to develop as a player. We hope this move helps Fredy's chances of being called up to the Colombian National Team, as he has certainly earned it."

Since joining Seattle in 2009, Montero is a three-time MLS All-Star and 2009 MLS Newcomer of the Year. He has also made four appearances for the Colombia National Team.

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