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April 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM

It’s raining in Toronto, and Fredy Montero is not here

Greetings all and thank you for all the comments on the blog. I know the Fredy Montero situation is kind of a hot one right now and I appreciate everyone’s opinions.

I’ve made it to Toronto…got a nice little bump to first class and watched “Quantum of Solace” on the video player, after doing some work. Here’s the Sounders FC news up to the minute.

Fredy Montero was too sick to travel today so that pretty much rules him out of tomorrow’s game. Nothing official yet, as the team is as of now going through a workout at BMO Field, but that should be the outcome. Montero is back in Seattle, where a few players and assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson remained, plus other team staff.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Montero will definitely not play, it’s official. Coach Schmid will not announce who will start in Montero’s place until the 1-hour deadline before kickoff.

-There are puddles of standing water at BMO but the team is still getting some work in. This weather is pretty much like Seattle’s.

-Look for Seattle to start central midfielder Freddie Ljungberg tomorrow in place of Montero. Ljungberg would play more of a forward role alongside regular starter Nate Jaqua. Ljungberg didn’t start last week’s game and probably won’t finish Saturday’s as the team works him back into full-game shape.

-Minority owner/TV personality Drew Carey is in Toronto and will attend Saturday’s game.

-Recognized TFC defender Marvell Wynne outside the hotel a few minutes ago. Perhaps this is the place the Toronto players stay in on the day before home games.

-The team is close to announcing a Spanish-language TV deal, I’m told.

(El equipo esta cerca de anunciar un negocio de television en español.)

-Rookie defender Jared Karkas, Seattle’s third-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft, could rejoin the team as soon as next week.

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