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July 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Catching up with Fredy Montero, who says Seattle is ‘my second home.’

montero returnsSounders FC’s Fredy Montero was a visitor at practice Tuesday, which sounds kind of weird to say. The forward has been on loan with Colombia’s Millonarios since January and appears set for a move to Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon in the near future.

As a crowd of reported gathered to speak to him, Montero said, “like old times,” with a smile.

Here is the transcript of a wide-ranging interview:

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(What brings you out here?) “Well, it’s a beautiful day. I just wanted to come by and say hi to my old friends and teammates.”

(What’s the feeling when you see some of these guys again after a while?) “I mean it doesn’t feel that good. It’s always more special when you’re on the field with them and getting mad or getting happy and running around.”

(How would you rate your time in Colombia with Millonarios?) “It was a good experience. It was something to get better as a soccer player, and it’s always good to be back in my country, you know? I had the opportunity to enjoy everything I did over there.”

(Does it feel different coming back?) “It is very different when you’re not playing, and you’re outside seeing your friends kicking the ball and scoring goals and enjoying the weather and enjoying the practice. It’s tough.”

(What does it mean to be back in Seattle?) “This is my second home. It is always going to be my second home. I’m pretty happy to come here at a good time. The weather is nice. I just want say hi to old my friends and enjoy my days. I think I’m going to be here for a week.”

(What can you say about a reported move to Sporting Lisbon?) “Right now I’m just waiting until everything gets done because nothing is official yet. So let’s see if I have to go from Seattle to Colombia or Seattle to there. I don’t know.”

(Are they going to be in Canada and could you meet them there?) “I heard something like they are going to start preseason in Canada, Toronto, but as I said before, I don’t know for sure if I have to go to Colombia or Canada or Portugal.”

(What did your years in Seattle and with the Sounders mean to you in your career?) “It means a lot. I came here as a young player and after four years I had the opportunity to grow and be like more mature in the field and outside of the field. I’m so happy. I’m glad to be back in Seattle and glad to have my past with this team. It’s always going to be my home.”

(What are your plans while you’re here?) “I’m going to be here for a while, a week. … Just saying hi to my friends, the training staff, seeing the facility. It’s just for me and them to say hi, that’s all.”

(What would a move to Europe mean for you?) “It means a lot. That’s my dream coming true. I hope to do good there. I was waiting for this opportunity the past years, and it is here now. Hopefully I can enjoy the opportunity like I’ve done with my other ones in the past.”

(How special are the Seattle fans still to you?) “I just want to thank all of them for their support. Even when I was in Colombia, they would tweet me and send messages saying they support me no matter where I am. … I wish them the best and hope the Sounders can have the MLS Cup. I know how bad they want it, and hopefully this is the year for them.”

(Do you still keep up with the team and how they’re doing?) “Yeah. I mean I have friends here. Every single game I try to keep in touch with them, but to be honest, I couldn’t see any games live because the TV in Colombia doesn’t show that many MLS games. When I was here I got the opportunity to watch the Vancouver game — the last one.”

(Have you been in touch with the Colombian national team much since you’ve been down there? Might this upcoming move help in that regard?) “A little bit, but most of the time it is my agent who’s talking to them. I’m just waiting for the opportunity. I know we are doing good right now. We are like the best national team in South America. I’m just waiting for that opportunity.”

(What was it like playing in Copa Libertadores?) “It was special. Nothing in any tournament is really close to that. It feels like the passion in soccer in South America and Colombia was a really good experience for me.”

(What other big changes do you have coming up?) “Well, I’m going to be a dad. My wife is pregnant. She’s going to have the baby here in Seattle, and I’m very happy for that.”

(Will your family stay here?) “Yeah, my family is living here. My dad and my mom, they are going to stay here with my sisters. My wife is just staying here for the baby. We want the baby to be born here, and after that she’s going to meet me wherever I am.”

(When’s the due date?) “She is supposed to have the baby at the end of the October or the beginning of November. We don’t know for sure yet.”

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