A experienced striker with proven goal-scoring ability, Fredy Montero joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC as a Designated Player in February 2017 on a one-year loan from Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League. The Colombian forward’s acquisition was made possible via Major League Soccer’s Allocation Process after the club secured the #1 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order from Minnesota United FC in exchange for $100,000 in 2018 General Allocation Money, $125,000 in 2018 Targeted Allocation Money, and an international roster spot through 2017. In January 2018, following the conclusion of Montero's loan, his former club Sporting CP purchased the Colombian from Tianjin TEDA.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
2017: Montero started two of his three CONCACAF Champions League apperances, scoring a goal in his Whitecaps FC debut versus New York Red Bulls on March 2. He went on to win the WFC Domenic Mobilio Golden Boot award after scoring 13 goals in the regular season, matching his career-high for a single season. In addition, he also contributed with six assists, four leading to game-winners. Montero figured in at least two goals, by scoring or assisting, in the same game six times during the season. Highlights from his season include a brace in his first meeting against his former Seattle Sounders FC side, and then scoring a shorthanded equalizer in the midseason rematch. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, he scored one goal, the eventual winner, in the 'Caps first ever postseason victory in the Knockout Round against San Jose Earthquakes. Montero would start all three of the 'Caps playoff matches.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
2009-12: Montero scored 47 goals and provided 34 assists in 119 regular season appearances from 2009 to 2012 with Seattle Sounders FC. He left as the all-time leading goal-scorer in Sounders FC franchise history, scoring a total of 60 goals in all competitions. Included in that tally are seven goals and two assists while helping Seattle win three U.S. Open Cup titles, as well as six goals and four assists in the CONCACAF Champions League. During his previous time in MLS, Montero was named a three-time All-Star and the 2009 Newcomer of the Year.
2016: Montero chose to transfer to Tianjin TEDA F.C. of the Chinese Super League. Montero played 29 games with the club, finding the goal on nine occasions.
2013-16: After four successful seasons in Seattle, Montero moved on loan to Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2013. After scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances during his first year, the move was made permanent. His time in Portugal featured a total of 37 goals and 12 assists in all competitions, including five UEFA Champions League appearances, and three goals and four assists in seven Europa League appearances. Montero also helped Sporting CP win the 2014-15 Taca de Portugal, by equalizing the match in added time, as the Leões would go on to win in a shootout.
2005-07: Montero began his professional career in 2005 with Deportivo Cali in his home country. Among his 22 total goals for Cali, 16 came in 22 matches during the 2008 season when he led the top tier in scoring. He also led the league in scoring with 13 goals in 18 appearances during the 2006 season while on loan at Atlético Huila. 2013: Montero would return to play in Colombia in 2013 when he joined Millionarios FC on loan from Seattle Sounders FC in the top tier of Colombian soccer. Montero would score eight goals in 22 appearances with the team.
Montero has made four appearances for the Colombian men's national team. He achieved his first international cap on May 9, 2007 in a 4-0 win against Panama. His most recent appearance was August 12, 2009 in a friendly match against Venezuela.