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Montero: 'I'd love to be here another year'

Speaking through a translator, he looked back on the season, saying he didn't know much about the city or the club when he signed on, but that he has enjoyed his time here and believes it has been good for his career. And while he has always said he'd like to try Europe at some point, he said today that he wouldn't mind sticking around a while longer.

"My contract expires the 31st of December," he said. "But I’m happy here in Seattle, I’ve been given all the right tools and help in terms of my growth as a player. I’d love to be here another year. I don’t know anything about offers that might be coming in, but I’m happy in Seattle."

One of the things he's been happiest about was his opportunity to learn English. As mentioned, this interview was translated with Montero speaking in Spanish. But I've noticed him using more English in general greetings and so forth at practices. And coach Sigi Schmid and several Sounders teammates have commented on how Montero's English has come along over the course of the season.

And he said that's important to him.

"I always knew I had a great opportunity to come to the United States and learn English," he said (in Spanish). "Leaning English is not only beneficial to me on the pitch, but in life; and this has been a great opportunity to do that here."