Fredy Montero to Sporting Lisbon

The Seattle Sounders on Thursday confirmed the sale of striker Fredy Montero to Sporting Lisbon. Montero had initially been on loan at the Lisbon club, and has now signed a permanent deal at the club.

"Fredy has been and will always be a special member of our family," Sounders FC owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer said. "Fredy had a wonderful career in Seattle and is continuing that success overseas.
"Hopefully his quality of play gives him an opportunity to be added to the Colombia World Cup roster. We wish him well with this next chapter of his career."

Montero was loaned to Sporting last July after playing with Colombian club Millonarios during the spring. He debuted for the Sounders in 2009 at age 21, scoring 12 goals that season and earning MLS Newcomer of the Year.

Montero, a two-time MLS All-Star, had 47 goals and 34 assists in regular-season play in four seasons with Seattle, although he was scoreless in 10 career postseason games.