Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero is about to become ex-Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero, and while his impending loan to Colombian side Millonarios is probably regrettable for most SSFC fans (his playoff failures notwithstanding), the deeper loss for MLS fans may be that of Fredy’s missus, Alexis, left.
Born Alexis Immig, she became Mrs. Montero last April. Married life apparently agreed with Fredy, as he bagged MLS career highs in goals (13) and assists (4) in 2012, and helped Seattle to a 15-8-11 record and their fourth straight berth in the MLS playoffs.
But there, again, Montero came up short, failing to score a goal or produce an assist in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season. But enough about Montero’s shortcomings, and back to his better half. Here she is again:
And again, on her way to cheer on her man CenturyLink Field:
It looks like she won’t be doing that in 2013, and the Emerald City will be a little less lustrous for it.
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.
Seattle Sounders FC got two goals from striker Fredy Montero to down Costa Rican side Herediano 2-1 in CONCACAF Champions League Group D action last night.
The win put Sounders FC (3-0-0) atop the group and made them the only unbeaten team of the 16 remaining in the competition.
It also inspired Montero to refer to himself in the third person: “The team always trusts me and believes in Fredy Montero,” he told the Tacoma News Tribune.
In other news, Jimmy’s new in town, and Jimmy likes Elaine.
Here are the highlights:
Seattle return to MLS action on Saturday, when they host DC United. They’ll take on Herediano again in CCL play next week, welcoming the Costa Rican side to CenturyLink Field on Tuesday.