Surely we all know how good Fredy Montero has been for Seattle, really since the start of June. On Wednesday he was voted MLS Player of the Month for July by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
Montero got my vote and his influence on games has far exceeded the two goals and three assists he’s had. He’s really developing into a leader of Sounders FC. Here’s the release:
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Seattle Sounders FC Forward Fredy Montero Voted MLS Player of the Month for July
Montero supplies two goals and three assists through five games played in July
NEW YORK (August 4, 2010) – Major League Soccer and the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) today announced that Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero was voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month for July. Montero contributed two goals and three assists in five games played through July, helping Seattle to a 3-1-1 record in that span.
Montero’s hot streak began with a 14th minute goal on July 11th that lifted Sounders FC to a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas; the club’s first League result since June 5th.
On July 15th, Montero supplied the assist on teammate Roger Levesque’s 89th minute game-winning goal against D.C. United. The win was the first of three consecutive Seattle victories to close out July.
Just a week later, Montero added two more assists, connecting with forward Steve Zakuani twice for the opening goal of the game, as well as the game-winning goal, in the 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.
Montero continued his offensive tear when the team traveled to San Jose to face the Earthquakes on July 31st. The 23-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on July 27th, was responsible for the only goal of the game when he powered header past goalkeeper Jon Busch in the 26th minute, good for three points on the road.
This is Montero’s second Player of the Month award. His first came in March of 2009, the month of his MLS debut.
Montero, a native of Campo de la Cruz, Colombia, was acquired by Seattle Sounders FC in 2009 from Deportivo Cali, where, in 2008, he led the Copa Mustang league in scoring with 16 goals. In 2007, he led the league with 13 goals for Atletico Huila. Montero has appeared three times for the Colombian national team.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Month is selected following the last regular season game of each month by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership guidelines can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.