The rumor of Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero headed to Columbian campion Millonarios is nothing new, but reports today are starting to give the potential move some more traction.
Could we have seen the last of Fredy Montero in Rave Green, or will it just be a few months before he’s back?
FutbolRed.com initially reported with Sounderatheart.com following up, that Montero will be loaned out to the South American side for six months with an option to buy worth $4.5 million after. This transaction which has already been approved by the MLS according to the report (in spanish so take Google Translate’s word as not 100 percent accurate), would reach a financial threshold that would open up a DP slot and give the Rave Green additional allocation money.
If the deal goes through Seattle’s shot at a CONCACAF Champions League run would be hindered but not dead to start the season (although the loss of Osvaldo Alonso too may kill it). On the flip side, Montero would be competing in the group stages of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s version of the CL, against teams like Brazil’s Corinthians who won the competition last season and the FIFA Club World Cup last month over Chelsea. The move may also give the Columbian national team more exposure to Montero’s talents.
The bigger discussion that needs to happen if this move gets made is what rules the MLS decide to make up or change due to a big loan/sale, and how GM Adrian Hanauer and manager Sigi Schmid decide to navigate the waters.
The most likely scenario right now is Fredy gone for at least the loan period of six months, although he still needs to come back to Seattle to sign the agreement. If he goes and the reports are correct that his DP slot would open and AM would come Seattle’s way then an interesting conversation needs to happen — does Seattle fill the open DP slot right away.
Admittedly I’m not great with the MLS roster rules, but that’s because they’re changed every year. Right now Seattle holds the league maximum of three DP’s in Montero, Christian Tiffert and Mauro Rosales and typically in a loan the club loaning out the player does not regain his DP slot, but reports are saying Seattle will have that opportunity with Montero.
So playing the looking forward game, if Seattle loans Fredy, fills his DP slot with another player and then after six months Fredy comes back and Millonarios does’t want to buy him we have four DP’s — hit the panic button.
The other possible option which could work with some crafty work of the books and swindling of the league office is to take the AM from Montero’s loan and buy down Rosales’ contract to below DP terms. That would allow the Sounders to secure a DP to replace Fredy and still have a slot in case he returns — with this said though I’m not sure if a move like this is allowed of feasible, but if it is I’m sure the brain trust at SSFC have thought about it.
The first step in all this though is waiting to see if Montero is gone. Again these are rumors, but with very strong legs moving them. From there let the speculations begin.