Montero’s departure becomes permanent

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comJanuary 31, 2014 

Seattle Sounders FC announced Thursday that it has sold career leading scorer Fredy Montero to Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

Sporting exercised its option to buy Montero on permanent transfer. The Sounders will receive a transfer fee.

“Fredy has been and will always be a special member of our family,” Sounders general manger Adrian Hanauer said in a news release. “Fredy had a wonderful career in Seattle and is continuing that success overseas. ... We wish him well with this next chapter of his career.”

Montero, 26, is Seattle’s all-time goals leader with 47 in Major League Soccer games and 60 overall. He also holds club records with 23 game-winning goals and 12 game-winning assists across all competitions. He joined Seattle before its 2009 expansion season, was named MLS newcomer of the year and became a three-time All-Star.

He currently leads Lisbon with 19 goals in 20 games across all competitions and leads the Portuguese Liga with 13 goals.

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