The club sent out a news release today with some newsworthy information.
First, Fredy Montero’s translated comments on winning Newcomer of the Year:
“I am very happy and thankful to be honored,” said Montero. “I was humbled to be among the top three nominees, along with my teammates, Freddie and Kasey. This has been a very successful campaign in my first season with the Seattle Sounders FC. I feel I will always be a part of the team’s history and, in return, this team will always remain in my heart.
“There are many positive things I have learned here that have helped me grow as a soccer player and as a person,” Montero added. “I thank all the fans for their confidence in me and my teammates. They are the best fans in the league. There’s nothing like stepping out onto the pitch for a match at Qwest Field.
“I must thank my teammates for this award, because they gave themselves completely in every game and on every play,” he said. “And I thank the coaches, especially Sigi Schmid, for their trust in my ability.”
As for Steve Zakuani and Zach Scott, the rookie midfielder will have reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder in Seattle on Thursday, while Scott, a defender who opened the season as a starter, had a sports hernia procedure in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Both are expected to be ready in time for training camp in January.
And the Philadelphia Union, the newest member of MLS in 2010, will select 10 players in its expansion draft on November 25. The MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for January 14 in Philadelphia.