Fredy Montero returns to Seattle Sounders

Jun 29, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Vancouver Whitecaps forward Fredy Montero (12) runs against the Seattle Sounders during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Sounders are bringing back forward Fredy Montero, who starred for the team from 2009-12.

The 33-year-old Colombian signed a one-year deal with club options in 2022 and 2023, the team said Thursday.

Montero tallied five goals and five assists in 16 games (11 starts) with the Vancouver Whitecaps last season.

“Fredy is a prolific forward who’s proven himself in MLS and abroad, in addition to still holding a number of club records here,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “When good players return to Seattle, it speaks to the strong culture that we’ve built. I’m looking forward to bringing him into the group and seeing what he can contribute to our attack.”

An original member of the Sounders’ 2009 expansion season, Montero scored the first goal in club history and was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year. He registered 47 goals and 34 assists in 119 games with the Sounders from 2009-12.

“I have a lot of fond memories of Fredy Montero in a Sounders jersey, and I’m pleased to welcome him back to the club,” Seattle head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “He has always been a dynamic attacker with a strong finishing touch. I’m always happy to have players that can score goals and am looking forward to getting him on the training pitch as our 2021 preparations ramp up.”

Including three seasons with Vancouver (2017, 2019-20), Montero has scored 73 goals and 48 assists in 200 MLS games (168 starts).

“Home is where heart is. So happy to be back,” Montero posted Friday on Twitter.

–Field Level Media