The Vancouver Whitecaps are making moves in order to make a push for an MLS cup. The team has snapped up former Seattle Sounder and 3 time MLS all-star Fredy Montero on loan from Chinese Super League team Tianjin Teda. The Colombian striker left the Sounders in 2013 as the team’s highest goal scorer with 60 goals in 160 matches. He spent the next few years playing in Portugal for Sporting C.P scoring 37 goals in all competitions including appearances in UEFA Champions League play.
Now Montero has made his way back to MLS and to Vancouver as the newest designated player for the Whitecaps. The ‘Caps are attempting to boost their attack in order to complete their quest for a playoff birth and their first playoff win. With games in both MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League this season the Whitecaps were in desperate need for a player that can score goals reliably.
The chances of a winning season have been automatically boosted with the arrival of Montero. He is a known and established MLS vet that has experience playing in Europe. It’s exactly what the struggling Whitecaps need. The team has been without a competent constant goal scoring threat since Camilo’s dramatic exit in 2014. The Whitecaps have a more than good enough defense and a midfield that is scary fast and now a number 9 who is a significant threat.
As long as the team stays healthy and continues to add another new player or two to shore up the attack, the Whitecaps can easily make it into the playoffs. The disdain for Erik Hurtado is well documented here in Vancouver, but if the guy can come off the bench and run at a tired defense the guy is gonna get goals, and his confidence will boost. A one two punch attack of Montero and Hurtado is good enough for the beginning of the season in my opinion. We just need to see how well it works and if be, grab another striker off the summer transfer market.
Montero is a welcome addition to the team and it’s boost for fans trust in the front office. Clearly they are working hard to make the team better even if they are waiting close to the last minute.