Sporting Lisbon forward Fredy Montero has revealed his ambition to one day return to Seattle Sounders FC.
Montero joined the Portuguese giants from the Sounders last summer - initially on loan - and played a key role as they finished second in the Primeira Liga and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
SLEEPING IN SEATTLE
The Colombian is currently back in Seattle and told reporters at the Rave Green training ground: "I’m with my family here. This is my second home, and I’m always happy to come here. I feel like I have to go say hi to my old teammates, too."
When asked about the possibility of turning out for Sounders FC in the future, he responded positively."I hope so. That’s one of my dreams now: I hope to be back playing for the Sounders."
For now though, the 26-year-old's focus remains on another dream - playing in the Champions League.
"I’m really, really excited about playing Champions League. I remember when I used to watch those games and saying, ‘One day I’m going to play for one of the biggest teams in Europe,’ so this is my chance. I’m really happy about that."
Montero made a flying start in Portugal - firing 16 goals in his first 14 games in all competitions - but he has struggled since making the switch permanent in January, and didn't find the net in the second half of the campaign.
Despite his recent trials, Seattle fans will be delighted by these latest quotes - the Tricolor international is the club's record goal-scorer in Major League Soccer. He will be in attendance at Starfire Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night for their fifth round US Open Cup clash with fellow Western Conference side San Jose Earthquakes.
HE'S YELLING TIMBER
Meanwhile, the Sounders' rivals Portland Timbers were handed a boost on Monday when loan man Fanendo Adi signed a deal to stay at Providence Park for the foreseeable future. The Nigerian has been a real hit since joining the Cascadia club from FC Copenhagen in May - scoring four times and assisting another two strikes in six appearances.
The 23-year-old now becomes Portland's second Designated Player, along with Argentina midfielder Diego Valeri.
This news comes following a message posted by Timbers owner Merritt Paulson on Twitter last week, saying: "Good stuff happening. Expect one or two nice announcements", with a picture of Adi attached.
Paulson again took to the social media site after the announcement, tweeting: "Should have more Timbers news this week. Hard at work". Portland failed in their efforts to bring in England international Joleon Lescott but remain keen to recruit a new centre-back, with Liam Ridgewell linked.
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