On Wednesday, May 2nd, the Seattle Sounders’ 24-year-old Colombian striker did this to seal a 2-0 win against Los Angeles:
One week later, against FC Dallas, Montero came on after halftime and punched in two goals in a three-minute span to lead the Sounders to a 2-0 win, their fifth consecutive victory this season.
The Pacific Northwest club is off to a 7-1-1 start, most of it accomplished without Montero in high gear (the blast against LA was his first goal of the season), and with Eddie Johnson still working to find his footing and match fitness.
They’re both showing progress now—Johnson has two goals in four starts—and if they continue along that path, Seattle fans can start feeling pretty good about that February dice-roll of a trade that sent attackers Lamar Neagle and Mike Fucito to Montreal in exchange for Johnson, in hopes that the former (and future?) U.S. international could form a potent partnership with Montero.
It’s been a busy stretch of games for Seattle (the Dallas tilt was their fourth match in 12 days), and their next two matches will be telling, not only for the Sounders but also for the Western Conference pecking order: the Sounders host 7-3-1 Real Salt Lake on Saturday (10:00 p.m. ET, MLSLive, DirectKick), then travel the following Saturday to take on 5-2-2 Vancouver.