Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/22/13

WASHINGTON - JULY 15: Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC controls the ball against Julius James of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on July 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Fredy Montero, #17, the charismatic Columbian forward of the Seattle Sounders, has been transferred to a Columbian club team for the 2013 season. This is not a good move for the Sounders or MLS. Surely, the Sounders have been compensated well for Montero, but was it absolutely necessary to give Montero up for the season? Montero joins David Beckham as premier players who are not returning to MLS for the 2013 season. They were two of the biggest names in a sport lacking big names. Montero was known well in the U.S. because of his finishing ability as a goal-scorer for the Sounders.  He is the all-time leading scorer for the Sounders and scored their very first goal in MLS history.   He will also be remembered for his play in leading the Sounders to three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles.  During this run, Montero joined Eddie Johnson to form one of the best scoring duos in MLS. Read MLS Top Scoring Duos  In four seasons, Montero helped build the Sounders into a top national and international soccer brand. Fans of the Sounders are the largest crowds attending MLS matches. They are a phenomenon in a sport still teetering on American mainstream acceptance. They have had capacity crowds of more than 65,000 at Century Link Stadium in Seattle. Montero will be missed. He had the skills to find the net with flashy play and fun, exciting celebrations. He did it with both legs and many headers along the way to 50+ goals for the Sounders.  It seemed he scored many of his goals to tie or take the lead in games. His hair and good looks were part of his excitement. When he wants, he has the flowing locks, mohawk, ponytail, and hairband to accompany his Latin roots. See Best MLS Hairstyles MLS has a star-less problem. Montero’s loss accentuates the problem. Montero is not easily replaced. Part of the problem is that Montero grew and made his image while playing in MLS. Few players have done this successfully. Chris Wondolowski, Landon Donovan, and Graham Zusi are other current players who join Montero on this list. Brek Shea was there, but fell off last season. MLS needs more players in the funnel that bring style, play and image like Montero and Beckham. Top 5 players MLS Needs to Sign Seattle fans are in shock and pain about Montero’s exit and because of the impact of the Sounders on MLS, most MLS fans are disappointed with the news, as well. Montero is special and fans know it. Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com The post Fredy Montero Loss Adds One More Challenge for MLS appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Dallas Mavericks solidify future with Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan signings

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

Yankees get A-Rod's 3,000th hit ball for $150,000 donation

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Lakers apologize for first, get second meeting with Aldridge

Mike Scioscia: Josh Hamilton should apologize to Arte Moreno

Sacramento Kings continue to be an utter disaster

Remember when the Cincinnati Bearcats were the scariest team in America?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Five reasons the Browns should play Johnny Manziel

Blue Jays need rookies to keep producing for success in 2015

WATCH: Sean Doolittle gets cup check from teammate

University of Florida developing high-tech smart mouth guard

Pat McAfee is the best punter in NFL history

Mets coach on slump: The only thing left is human sacrifice

MLB teams who will continue to surprise in second half

2015 Women’s World Cup Final: The Rematch

Answering the five biggest questions in NBA free agency

Report: Mavericks sign Wes Matthews to four-year contract

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.