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June 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Fredy Montero visits practice, says his dream is to return to the Sounders one day

Fredy Montero, the leading scorer in Sounders FC history, was a visitor at Monday’s practice. The forward, currently with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, has family in the area and is on summer vacation before the 2014-15 season gets going.

Reporters got to spend a few minutes with Montero, and here is a full transcript of the interview:

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(How does it feel to be back?) “I’m excited about the game. I hope we win tomorrow. [Ed note: Montero then caught himself and smiled for saying “we” as it related to the Sounders.] … I’m with my family here. This is my second home, and I’m always happy to come here — always. I feel like I have to go say hi to my old teammates, too.”

(So you’ll be at the Open Cup game?) “I’m going to be here for the Open Cup game and I hope they win. It’s a big, big opportunity for me. I’m leaving next week, so this is the only game opportunity that I can go to.”

(This will be your first time watching as a fan, right?) “Yeah, I hope they win.”

(What are the memories that come back on this visit?) “Only the good memories. I am that kind of guy, like always laughing and happy no matter what position are we into the game. I always feel it’s good to be playing soccer, and when you’re playing soccer, you have to be happy, because you show what you are on the field.”

(Have you been following the Sounders season?) “Oh yeah. I still have friends here. For me, it’s like always looking back because I care about them. I know that they can still win the Open Cup this year … and hopefully this year they win the Supporters’ Shield. Last year, they (were) close. I always want the team to get victories and I’m happy for them because they are doing that right now.”

(How was your season with Sporting Lisbon?) “It was good. We played 30 games during the season. I had the opportunity to start (24 or 25) of them. I scored 13 goals, the top leading scorer on my team. I took like three years or four years with Sounders to score a hat trick, and I had my first hat trick in my first game there, so I am happy about that, too.”

(How is your Portuguese?) “Bad. (laughs) … I speak Spanish so it’s easy for me to understand them. I also use my English to talk to them, too.”

(Have you been watching the World Cup much?) “Yeah, I’ve been watching the World Cup. I always try to send good energy to Colombia, USA and Portugal, too. So it’s difficult. (laughs)”

(So how were you feeling about the USA-Portugal game?) “I thought the U.S. had it until the last 45 seconds of the game. But that’s soccer, you know? You have to keep fighting until the referee blows the whistle.”

(Your wife is German, so is there conflict in the house right now?) “Oh yeah. Her dad is from Germany and her mom is from England. One of them is sad right now. (laughs) … Yeah, we’re watching the games, enjoying the World Cup, and that’s all we can do.”

(Are you excited to see the Sounders fans again at the game?) “It is always fun to watch them. They bring the players a lot of energy. That’s why they run 90 minutes, because the support is always there. It’s good to be back and feel that energy. I’m not going to be playing, but for sure it’s going to bring back a lot of memories.”

(Are we going to see you back on the field here someday?) “I hope so. That’s one of my dreams now: I hope to be back playing for the Sounders.”

(UEFA Champions League first, though…) “Oh yeah. Champions League is waiting for us this year. I’m really, really excited about playing Champions League. I remember when I used to watch those games and saying, ‘One day I’m going to play for one of the biggest teams in Europe,’ so this is my chance. I’m really happy about that.”

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