The Vancouver Whitecaps have confirmed they have officially added striker Fredy Montero, as a DP. It’s a one-year loan from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda. You can see the official news release here.
In order to sign Montero, The Whitecaps had to go through the allocation process, and that meant they had to make a deal for the number one spot, held by Minnesota United FC. The Whitecaps moved $100,000 in General Allocation Money in 2018, $125,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2018, and an international roster spot through 2017 to get the spot.
He will officially join the roster pending receipt of his international transfer certificate, Canadian work permit and visa.
Head Coach Carl Robinson has been criticized this off-season for not bringing in the key offensive player the Whitecaps have been craving for so long, but Montero helps us forget that easily. The three-time MLS All-Star was a force during his time with the Sounders, and though he’s been out of the league for a few years, you have to think he still has gas in the tank, at age 29.
It's a great signing for us and we're delighted to welcome Fredy to our club," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "We have worked diligently throughout the offseason to strengthen the forward areas and today we have managed to add a very good striker in Fredy. He has proven throughout his career to be an elite attacking player and consistent goalscorer, and he is already familiar with the league and environment. We look forward to seeing him on the pitch wearing the Blue and White."
What do you think fans? Are you happy with the move? I know the Sounders won’t be!