Fredy Montero was the first true Sounders star and scored the very first goal in the MLS franchise’s history. Now, having recently purchased an Eastside residence, he’ll return Wednesday night to CenturyLink Field for the first time since 2012 as a top threat for the first place Vancouver Whitecaps.
Fredy Montero achieved some of his finest moments both on and off the field as the first true Sounders star.
Not only did he score a dozen goals as a Major League Soccer rookie in 2009, he also met his future wife, Alexis, a Gig Harbor native, that same year. She would eventually follow Montero back to his native Colombia to play following the 2012 season and now, he’s returned the favor somewhat by purchasing an Eastside home where they and daughters, Vivienne, 3, and Ruby, 1, can live off-seasons and once his career is done.
But while this region may now truly be his new home, as well as his former pro soccer lair, Montero admits he’s in uncharted territory returning Wednesday night as a member of the first place Vancouver Whitecaps. It’s his first game back here since returning this season to MLS from overseas and he’s expecting some memories and a few jitters to come flooding back upon taking the field.
“It’s going to be a new feeling for me,” Montero said. “I don’t really know whether the people are going to be mean to me, or what. I know how, in Seattle, when they get loud, they get really passionate about the game. So, I’m excited that they’ll see me. But honestly, I don’t really know what to expect.”
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Montero penned a Players Tribune article published Tuesday in which he described scoring the franchise’s first goal and how the crowd’s roar was unlike anything he’d heard before. He agreed that moment sticks out as a favorite for him as well as winning three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles from 2009-2011.
“That was something unforgettable,” he said.
So was meeting his future wife and going on a first date to an Italian restaurant with questions in English cribbed for him by teammates on pieces of paper. He detailed that date in the Players Tribune piece.
By 2012, after 47 goals in four Sounders seasons, he moved back to Colombia to play in the capital of Bogota for Millonarios FC. And his wife went with him to an unfamiliar South American country.
“It was difficult for her and I knew it was going to be,” he said….