“I just want to score goals,” Montero said after training today. “I’m happy with what I’ve done this season. And I think what’s really important is at the team level we’ve done really well goal-wise as well.”
Montero’s late-season barrage has come in the service of victories. Over this streak, starting with that Open Cup win against Dallas, the Sounders are 6-2 in the games when Montero has scored.
The rejuvenation followed a relatively slow start to the season for the club’s all-time goals leader. Part of that could be attributed to the wrist injury suffered in the second game of the season at New York, which forced him to play with a cast for about two months.
“The cast probably threw off his equilibrium and his balance a little bit,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He’s very technical and does rely on that balance. Maybe it was in his head, a little bit. You don’t know. But I also think his fitness level came along and came up. I think the addition of (Mauro) Rosales took some pressure off of him, helped open up some spaces. I think all those things combined and … allowed him to play very well.”
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Montero never hid how much his disliked his cast. However, he feels he was playing comparably well even then by contributing in ways less notable than snapping the back of the net.
“When I’m on the field, my goal is to score goals,” he said. “And if I’m not scoring goals, then my goal is to assist. And if I’m not assisting, them I’m trying to generate plays. Unfortunately forwards are judged by whether they’re scoring goals or not, but I feel that my play has been the same and consistent throughout the season.”