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Montero fresh and ready to turn game up a notch

Fredy Montero practiced with the Sounders again this morning at Starfire, and all indications are that he'll be back in the lineup Saturday at FC Dallas -- although those words haven't yet come out of the mouth of coach Sigi Schmid, who wasn't available to the media today. (A new Thursday policy.)

Montero had missed last week's game -- with Sebastien Le Toux moving into his forward spot -- due to red card suspension. And Montero used part of his time off to take a short visit back to his native Colombia.

He said today that he thinks the time away was not only good for him personally, but good for his game as well.

"It was great," he said today (with Taylor Graham serving as translator.) "It was very relaxing and comfortable. It was not only a vacation, but a chance to clear (my) head and mentally think about the things that (I) need to improve on."

That's what the Sounders were hoping, too.

"I think being able to get away, get home as well was good for him," Schmid said yesterday. "He worked hard last week before he left. That was the idea was to really push him last week, which we did, and then to allow him to clear his head a little bit and get down there. I can't imagine some of the things that he's gone through at his and being in a foreign country. So I think that's a good thing for us."