What Richard Farley saw has finally, it seems, come true.
Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero will almost certainly join Colombian side Millonarios on a six-month loan. Soccer By Ives reports there’s a six-month option to extend the loan and an option to buy the man who netted 60 goals with the Pacific Northwest club for $4.5 million.
When rumors of the move first surfaced, the argument seemed to be that Montero wanted to be in Colombia to attract the attention of national team coach José Pekerman. Farley neatly dispelled that line of thought, writing “The idea that Major League Soccer would be looked down on my an international coach isn’t shocking, but Pekerman doesn’t appear to be that man. He has called in Philadelphia’s Carlos Valdes, starting the defender for recent World Cup qualifiers.”
So why are Montero and the Seattle Sounders parting ways (assuming they are)? Cash money, yo. The forward is expensive, filling a Designated Player slot. The Sounders have a resurgent Eddie Johnson, a returning Steve Zakuani, an inspired Mario Martínez (if they want him), and an exciting Christian Tiffert.
If it’s true, this works out well for everyone. The Sounders get cap relief and a DP slot back (assuming the option to buy happens). Montero gets to return to Colombia where he’s had such success and play in Copa Liberatores. All good things, you know?
Did you say you wanted a video of all of Montero’s goal in 2011? Fantastic. (His hair was so short!)
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.