Here's our full story on the 18-year-old Colombian forward. But here are a few highlights, as passed along through an interpreter:
* Even before the Sounders made contact, he had thought of MLS as a logical step for his career, having been told by his agent that it is “a great league to play in.”
* MLS is different from Colombian soccer in that there is more movement away from the ball. In Colombia, he said “one dominates the ball a lot more.”
*Playing for his national U-20 team last month was “an unforgettable experience. It’s the dream of every soccer player to wear the color of your country and to represent your homeland.”
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* He had confidence when he arrived in Seattle, but his experience with the national team added to that.
*He feels comfortable being a reserve for now, but believes he has the potential to become a starter.
Publicly, the Sounders have indicated that such a significant role could be at least a season away.
However, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid stressed that will depend on Montano’s performance, not age.
“I think he’s comfortable with the team now, he’s comfortable with the players, he’s comfortable in this country,” Schmid said. “His opportunity, I think, will come. When that opportunity will be, that’s something we have to see exactly, because we want to present him with a good opportunity. But certainly there’s a lot of things he has done in training that I like.”