Barcelona is gone, time to move on.
Fredy Montero, Sr. is in town for the next month or so, he told me, and brought the entire Montero familia with him to be with Fredy, Jr., the Sounders FC forward. Mr. Montero arrived a few days ago and when I asked if he went to the Barcelona game, he said, “That’s not even a question you can ask. Of course!”
Mr. Montero is a retired cop who told me that it is quite a party at the family home in Barranquilla, Colombia, when his son plays. Yes, people in town have Sounders FC jerseys.
As for the younger Fredy — who is the oldest in his family — he will depart the team either right after Saturday’s game at Real Salt Lake or the next day to go to New Jersey to join the Colombian national team for its friendly at Giants Stadium Aug. 12. Montero is expected be back with Sounders FC in time for the L.A. Galaxy game Aug. 15.
The Monteros are Fredy Sr., wife Jaynne, Fredy Jr., Luiggi and daughters Jaynne and Fiorella.
AND NOW, Sigi Schmid quotes from today.
On advantages of playing FC Barcelona: “I think anytime you go through that experience it’s going to help you. As I told the guys at the end of practice today, it wakes everybody up. It wakes up the coaching staff. It wakes up the players. You start saying, ‘maybe we have to emphasize this a little more.’ Sometimes you have success doing what you’re doing and then you realize that success at the next level requires a little more.”
On Real Salt Lake: “The teams in this league are so close that there is not that much separating teams. Eventually, you catch one like when we caught one in San Jose. But, one of our goals is to win season series with teams. This is a two game series and we won the first game. We want to come out with the result in the second game and win the second game. We also need it right now just from a points standpoint. We know we have to win some games on the road. We might as well start here.”
On condition of Sounders FC players: “That’s why we have had a couple of short breaks where we have given them three or four days. Actually, those short breaks hurt you in the short-term but, in the long-term, they should pay dividends for us and allow us to have the energy we need to carry it all the way through. These are always the dog days of the season when you get into July and August. It’s the midpoint when the playoffs are a little too far away where you don’t quite smell them yet.”