On Wednesday night, Fredy Montero will step foot on the pitch at CenturyLink Field for the first time since leaving Seattle Sounders FC in 2012.
Only this time, he’ll be wearing the Blue and White.
Montero, who scored the first-ever goal for Seattle in Major League Soccer and remains their all-time leading goalscorer, has been a massive part of Vancouver’s success this season. The Colombian striker has a team-leading 13 goals, which matches his career-high in MLS, including seven goals in his last eight starts.
And on Wednesday, he’ll be looking to help the Western Conference-leading ‘Caps clinch a playoff spot and bring “three points back to Canada,” as he wrote in a candid article in The Players' Tribune today.
“The supporters took some time to adopt me as one of their own — and I respected that,” Montero wrote on the move to Vancouver. “They knew my history in Seattle, and I knew that I had to earn their love. Coach Robinson gave me a good opportunity to just work hard every day in training and prove that I deserved to be here and that I could contribute. I know that, no matter what I write here, proving that I am one of you, ‘Caps fans, is about showing, not telling. I hope I’ve done that so far, and I promise to continue to give everything I have to this club and this city every time I wear the crest.”
“It’s going to be strange to be back in the place where I began my MLS career,” he added. “But as soon as the whistle blows, I’m a Whitecap. I’m not just going to Seattle to see my family, I’m going to bring three points back to Canada.”
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Kickoff for Wednesday’s match is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on TSN1 and TSN 1040 radio.