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July 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It’s official: Sounders FC loan forward Fredy Montero to Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times


A long-awaited move has finally become official.

Sounders FC has loaned forward Fredy Montero to Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon, which will have an option to buy. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but reports out of Portugal say the price is about $3.3 million.

The move is no surprise at this point as general manager Adrian Hanauer confirmed on June 27, nearly a month ago, that a deal was in the works. Montero, 25, gave a goodbye interview of sorts two weeks ago.

Montero, who has been on loan with Colombia’s Millionarios since January, still holds franchise records in goals (47), assists (34), shots (411) and more.

The Sounders are not expected to receive allocation money in the deal, something Hanauer noted earlier this month. MLS rules are such that a team must recoup the entire transfer fee paid for the player in addition to all the money spent in excess of the maximum charge against the salary cap (e.g. over the designated player charge, currently $368,750) to receive allocation, which can be used to spend in excess of the cap.

Seattle would be expected to get cash in the deal that can be used toward paying for transfer fees, DP salaries, facilities, the academy system and more.

A Sporting Lisbon fan has already put together a clip of Montero’s best highlights as a Sounder. Any favorite memories for you?

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