The Seattle Sounders took a major step toward making their first season in MLS a memorable one by completing the acquisition of young Colombian forward Fredy Montero.
Seattle reached an agreement with Deportivo Cali for Montero, with Montero's acquisition of a P-1 visa being the last obstacle to the move being completed.
The 21-year-old goal scorer from Deportivo Cali has already played for the Colombian national team and enters the 2009 MLS season as one of the most high-profile signings of the winter.
It should also be noted though that the last high-profile goal scorer from the Colombia league to come to MLS was Sergio Galvan Rey, who never did quite duplicate his goal-scoring success in Colombia with the Red Bulls.
That aside, Montero enters MLS as one of the most highly-anticipated young acquisitions in league history. He should partner with Nate Jaqua, Sebastian LeToux and Freddie Ljungberg in an attack that should cause some problems for opposing defenses in 2009.
If you haven't seen Montero play, here are some highlights:
What do you think of the signing? Think he will be a big hit in MLS? Do you see him struggling in year one? Can you see him heading to Europe before the year even ends?
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