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February 25, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Incoming Colombian starlet Miguel Montano, links and notes

Amid this crazy collective bargaining agreement talk is a ray of light, as it appears a young talent is coming to town. Miguel Montano, 18, is quoted in El Sol Quilmes, a newspaper in Argentina, as saying he is on his way to Seattle.
Also a local website, NuestroNoroeste.com, gathered this quote from Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer about the incoming prospect. ProstAmerika has been on the story from the beginning and provided this translation from Spanish to English (which means it might be a little loose):
“We are very excited to bring Miguel to Seattle. Miguel has blazing speed, makes decisive runs, he has good technique and strikes the ball well with both feet. At the same time, he is only 18 years old, and we will bring him along slowly. We need to find out how he fits in with our group, and hopefully over time, he can contribute.”
Certainly sounds like Hanauer found a Luis Gil of his own, which would explain why the club might not have jumped after the young American. Plans were already being made.
While certainly an intriguing prospect, Montano doesn’t sound like a kid that would make an immediate impact to put this team over the top this season. Reports say he share an agent with Fredy Montero, and I might suggest the former could eventually be the potential replacement for the latter down the road.
Just thinking out loud. Now let’s get to some links:

  • First a reminder that Seattle takes on SK Brann of Norway in the fifth-place match in the La Manga Cup this morning at 6 a.m. local time.
  • Sounders FC’s own Brad Evans started at right back for the U.S. men’s national team in a 2-1 come-from-behind win Wednesday against El Salvador. Unfortunately Evans played a part in the opposition’s only goal with a poor attempt to head the ball back to U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. On the USWNT, Richland’s Hope Solo saved not one, but two penalty kicks in a 2-0 win against Iceland.
  • In some notes around the league, here’s a Q&A with Jeff Parke, who has some interesting insights. The Philadelphia Union announced a new deal regarding naming rights for the upcoming season. Also, here’s a podcast with SI’s soccer guru Grant Wahl.
  • Lastly, of course, some CBA links. Here’s a good read of an open letter to MLS players. This writer thinks the players may have to strike. A couple papers here provided regional touches: Kansas City and Salt Lake.

In closing, I have two recent videos that represent two potential conclusions to “deadline day.” Metaphors if you will.
“LAST-SECOND DEAL GOES THROUGH” — the defender saving the goal on the line

“NO DEAL, ENTER THE WORK STOPPAGE” — this header attempt by a goalkeeper

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