Fredy Montero

Fredy Henkyer Montero Muñoz (born 26 July 1987), known as Fredy Montero (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði monˈteɾo], is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Montero is Seattle Sounders FC's all-time top scorer in official club competitions, scoring 64 goals with the club between 2009 and 2012. Montero has been called up to the Colombian national team five times, scoring once in an unofficial match against Catalonia.

Montero began playing youth soccer at Deportivo Cali at age six. He earned his professional debut at age 18 in 2005 before being sent on loan to Academia for the season. Montero was loaned to Atlético Huila for two additional years, becoming the league topscorer in the 2007 Torneo Apertura before returning to Deportivo Cali and becoming league top scorer for a second time in the 2008 Torneo Finalización.

Montero was loaned to the Major League Soccer expansion team Seattle Sounders in 2009, where he was named Newcomer of the Year and led the team in goals. Montero was sold to the Sounders in 2010 and became a Designated Player and a permanent resident of the United States. During his four seasons as a Sounders player, Montero was named to the MLS All-Star squad twice, playing against Everton in 2009 and being named inactive in 2010.

Fredy Montero
Montero vs Dallas
Personal information
Full name Fredy Henkyer Montero Muñoz
Date of birth 26 July 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Campo de la Cruz, Colombia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2005 Deportivo Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Deportivo Cali 65 (22)
2005Academia (loan) 9 (0)
2006–2007Atlético Huila (loan) 39 (15)
2009–2010Seattle Sounders FC (loan) 56 (22)
2011–2014 Seattle Sounders FC 63 (25)
2013Millonarios (loan) 22 (8)
2013–2014Sporting CP (loan) 16 (13)
2014–2016 Sporting CP 51 (14)
2016–2017 Tianjin TEDA 29 (9)
2017Vancouver Whitecaps FC (loan) 36 (14)
2018–2019 Sporting CP 20 (3)
2019– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Colombia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 December 2018

Club career

Atlético Huila

Montero was loaned to Atlético Huila in 2006, where he was named "Top Goal Scorer" in the Copa Mustang with 13 goals. Despite rumors and interest from European clubs, he returned to Deportivo Cali in 2007; he was again the top goal scorer in the 2008-II Copa Mustang, with 16 goals.[1]

Seattle Sounders FC

FredyMontero Arne Friedrich
Montero (right) crosses the ball in front of Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich

Montero was acquired by Seattle Sounders FC in January 2009 on loan from Deportivo Cali despite interest from European side Real Betis. There were unconfirmed reports that suggested Montero's contract was owned by a third-party.[2] Montero scored nine goals in nine preseason games in 2008/09. Montero made his MLS debut on 19 March 2009, in the 2009 season opener against New York Red Bulls, and scored the first and third goals in Seattle Sounders FC club history.[3] Montero was named the MLS Player of the Week for the first week of the 2009 MLS season for his two goals.[4] An additional goal against Real Salt Lake helped Montero be named MLS Player of the Month for March 2009 as he won the first two Goals of the Week.[5]

In April 2009, Montero told Sports Illustrated that he would like to play in Europe in the future and that the mix of players in MLS appealed to him as a place to learn.[6] He later dismissed a rumor of a transfer to Fulham and told the press that he was focused on the Sounders.[7]

Montero was selected to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game against Everton and played during the first half alongside teammates Kasey Keller and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.[8] He would go on to be named the MLS Newcomer of the Year.[9][10] In August 2009, it was incorrectly reported that MLS had negotiated the transfer of Deportivo Cali's portion of Montero's rights to Major League Soccer.[11] It was believed that the league owned his rights, but details of any such deal were never publicly clarified.[12]

Fredy Montero v. FC Dallas
Montero in a 2010 match against Dallas

Montero did not meet the high expectations of coach Schmid and the fans at the beginning of the 2010. He was left out of the starting lineup for the ninth game of the year. By July, he was named player of the month and selected to the inactive roster of the 2010 MLS All-Star Game.[13] A scheduling conflict between a team CONCACAF Champions League match and the game made him unable to start in the exhibition game.[14] Montero earned his second career MLS Player of the Month in July 2010.[15] Although he failed to score a goal in league play between 1 September and the end of the season on 23 October,[16] Montero finished the year with 10 goals and 10 assists.[17] He totaled 12 goals, of which 6 were game-winners, and 11 assists in all competitions. A total of 22 goals and 17 assists in league play between 2009 and 2010 was the third most in the league.[18] Montero was also named as the top player in the MLS "24 Under 24" list, which honors players under 24 years old who perform well in MLS.[19]

On 1 December 2010, Seattle Sounders FC announced that Montero had agreed to a contract extension with his rights permanently transferred to the club and Major League Soccer. He became the third Designated Player and the highest paid player on the team with a base salary of $500,000.[16][20]

Before the second game of the 2011 season, Montero fractured his wrist. He missed two matches and played with a cast that may have contributed to multiple matches of reduced performance. His play improved by midseason. Schmid attributed it to increased growth, maturity, and fitness. The addition of Mauro Rosales to the team's midfield also helped Montero in the second half of the season.[16] Montero ended the regular season of league play with 12 goals. He ended the year with 18 goals in all competitions. His goals scoring efforts made him the MLS player who scored the most goals across all competitive match in 2011. The Sounders won the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Montero was named Player of the Tournament after scoring three game-winning goals in the final three games.[21]


Montero was officially loaned to Colombian champions Millonarios, playing in the Categoría Primera A, on 21 January 2013,[22][23] also signing a multi-year extension to his contract with the Sounders.[24]

Sporting CP

Montero was loaned to Primeira Liga side Sporting CP on 22 July 2013 for US$1.2 million[25] with an option to buy.[26] On his debut for the Portuguese club, Montero scored a hat-trick against newly promoted side F.C. Arouca, in a 5–1 win in the first round of the Primeira Liga season.[27] On 31 August, Montero opened the scoring with a header in a 1–1 draw with Lisbon rivals Benfica at the Alvalade.[28]

On 30 January 2014, it was announced that Montero had signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Sporting for an additional $1.55 million transfer fee plus bonuses.[25][29] Montero scored his first goal for Sporting since December 2013, netting in a 4–0 win over Penafiel on 4 October 2014.[30]

Tianjin Teda

On 6 February 2016, Montero transferred to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda for €5 million.[31][32]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

On 15 February 2017, Montero transferred to Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps FC on loan from Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA F.C..[33]

Return to Sporting CP

On 17 January 2018, it was announced that Montero had returned to Sporting CP on an 18-month contract.[34] Months later, on 15 May, he and several of his teammates, including coaches, were injured following an attack by around 50 supporters of Sporting at the club's training ground after the team finished third in the league and missed out on the UEFA Champions League qualification.[35][36] Despite the events, he and the rest of the team agreed to play in the Portuguese Cup final scheduled for the following weekend.[37]

Return to Vancouver

On 15 February 2019, Montero and Sporting agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the club.[38] The same day, Vancouver announced he had joined the club on a permanent deal.[39]

International career

Montero received his first international cap during a 4–0 win against Panama on 9 May 2007, playing the final 13 minutes of the match at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City.[1][40] In October 2008, he started and played 55 minutes in a 1–0 World Cup qualifying loss to Paraguay in Bogotá.[2][41] The forward scored his first goal for Colombia in the 2nd minute of extra time against Catalonia on 29 December 2008 during a 2–1 loss at Camp Nou in Barcelona.[42] Montero last played for Colombia in a 2–1 loss against Venezuela during a friendly on 12 August 2009.[43][44] Montero has expressed interest in returning to the national team but has failed to receive a call-up.[45]

Personal life

Fredy was born to parents Fredy Montero, Sr., a policeman, and Jaynne, who currently reside in Barranquilla, Colombia. He is the oldest of four children and has two sisters named Jaynne Jr. and Fyorella as well as a brother named Luiggi.[43] Montero was accused of sexual assault in April 2010, but the charges were dropped after a prosecutor found insufficient evidence.[46][47] He married his girlfriend Alexis Immig, a Gig Harbor native, during a private ceremony in April 2012.[48] They have two daughters.[49]

Montero was named MLS Humanitarian of the Month for March 2011 after raising over $29,000 to donate towards relief for victims of the 2010 Colombian floods.[50][51] Montero threw out first pitch for the Seattle Mariners baseball team against the Cleveland Indians on 21 August 2012, shortly after honoring Félix Hernández's perfect game in his goal celebration against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[52][53][54] Montero was also the subject of an episode of the MLS 36 documentary series that debuted on 10 August 2012. The episode filmed his preparations and gameplay during a friendly against Chelsea F.C. on 18 July 2012.[55] The episode revealed that his dog is named FIFA (after the governing body of the sport) and that Montero is a fan of EA Sports' FIFA video game franchise.[56]

Montero gained permanent residency in the United States in 2010.[57]

Career statistics


As of 23 January 2019[58][59][60][61][62]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colombia League Cup League Cup South America Total
2005 Academia (loan) Categoría Primera B 9 0
2006 Atlético Huila (loan) Categoría Primera A 17 1 17 1
2007 22 13 22 13
2008 Deportivo Cali 24 16 24 16
United States League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2009 Seattle Sounders FC (loan) Major League Soccer 27 12 4 1 2 0 33 13
2010 29 10 3 1 2 0 6 1 40 12
2011 Seattle Sounders FC 30 12 3 3 2 0 9 3 44 18
2012 33 13 3 2 4 0 3 2 43 17
Colombia League Cup League Cup South America Total
2013 Millonarios (loan) Categoría Primera A 20 8 1 2 0 0 6 0 27 10
Portugal League Cup League Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Sporting CP (loan) Primeira Liga 29 13 2 3 2 0 0 0 33 16
2014–15 Sporting CP 26 11 5 4 0 0 7 0 38 15
2015–16 12 3 2 0 3 0 6 3 23 6
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2016 Tianjin Teda Chinese Super League 29 9 1 0 - - 30 9
United States League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2017 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (loan) Major League Soccer 36 14 0 0 0 0 3 1 39 15
Portugal League Cup League Cup Europe Total
2017–18 Sporting CP Primeira Liga 11 1 3 1 2 0 5 3 21 5
2018–19 9 2 0 0 2 0 5 2 16 4
Total Portugal 87 30 12 8 9 0 26 9 134 47
Colombia 92 38 1 2 0 0 0 0 93 40
United States 155 61 13 7 10 0 21 7 199 75
China PR 29 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 9
Career total 363 138 26 17 19 0 47 16 455 171


As of 12 August 2009[2][40][41][42][43][44]
Colombia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 2 0
2008 1 0
2009 1 0
Total 4 0


Seattle Sounders
Sporting CP



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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Darren Huckerby
MLS Newcomer of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Álvaro Saborío
2009 Seattle Sounders FC season

The 2009 season was Seattle Sounders FC's debut in Major League Soccer. The inaugural game was on March 19, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington against the New York Red Bulls. Sounders FC beat the Red Bulls 3–0 in front of a sell-out crowd.

On August 5, 2009, Sounders FC set a stadium and Washington record for most people watching a soccer game against FC Barcelona with an attendance of 66,848.

2009 U.S. Open Cup Final

The 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on September 2, 2009, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match determined the winner of the 2009 U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. This was the 96th edition of the oldest competition in United States soccer. The match was won by Seattle Sounders FC, who defeated D.C. United 2–1. Clyde Simms scored D.C. United's only goal. Fredy Montero and Roger Levesque scored Seattle's two goals as the club became the second expansion team in Major League Soccer (MLS) history to win the tournament in their inaugural season.

D.C. United entered the tournament as the competition's defending champions. They had previously won the tournament in 1996 as well. Both Sounders FC and D.C. United had to play through two qualification rounds for MLS teams before entering the official tournament. Prior to the final, there was a public dispute between the owners of the two clubs regarding the selection of D.C. United to host it at their home field, RFK Stadium.

As the tournament champions, Sounders FC earned a berth in the preliminary round of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. The club also received a $100,000 cash prize, while D.C. United received $50,000 as the runner-up.

2010 Seattle Sounders FC season

The 2010 Seattle Sounders FC season was the club's second season in Major League Soccer, the United States' top-tier of professional soccer. For the Sounders FC franchise, it was their third year of existence, and including all previous franchises, it would be the 30th season of a soccer team bearing the Sounders name. The first game was played on March 25, 2010, at Qwest Field in Seattle against the Philadelphia Union, were the Sounders emerged victorious 2–0. They closed out the regular season on October 23, 2010, with a 1–2 loss against Houston Dynamo. In playoff action, Seattle lost to Los Angeles Galaxy on aggregate on November 6, 2010.

2011 Seattle Sounders FC season

The 2011 Seattle Sounders FC season was the club's third season in Major League Soccer, the United States' top-tier of professional soccer. It was the Sounders FC organization's third year of existence; including all previous clubs, it was the 31st season of a soccer team bearing the Sounders name.

2011 U.S. Open Cup Final

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was a soccer match between the Seattle Sounders FC and the Chicago Fire, played on October 4, 2011, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The match was the culmination of the 2011 U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer). This was the 98th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer. The Seattle Sounders FC won by defeating the Chicago Fire 2–0 with goals scored by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso. The attendance was 36,615, breaking the record for the final set the previous year when Seattle also won and hosted. Seattle became the first team since 1968 to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup championships and the fourth team ever to do so in the 98-year history of the tournament.

Sounders FC automatically qualified for the third round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament by finishing among the top six in the 2010 Major League Soccer season. The Fire did not automatically qualify, and had to play through two qualification rounds before entering the official tournament. Prior to the final, Chicago and Seattle had met twice in 2011, with Seattle winning one game and the other ending in a draw.

The final was televised live on Fox Soccer. This was the second consecutive year the tournament final was played at CenturyLink Field. As the winner of the tournament, Seattle earned a berth in the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League and received a $100,000 cash prize. Chicago received a $50,000 prize as the runner-up. Following the final, criticism was raised regarding Seattle winning hosting rights for each round they played. In response, U.S. Soccer announced changes to the rules for determining the host of tournament matches.

2012 Seattle Sounders FC season

The 2012 Seattle Sounders FC season was the club's fourth season in Major League Soccer, the United States' top-tier of professional soccer. For the Sounders FC organization, it was their fourth year of existence, and including all previous clubs, it was the 32nd season of a soccer team bearing the Sounders name.

2013–14 Primeira Liga

The 2013–14 Primeira Liga (also known as Liga ZON Sagres for sponsorship reasons) was the 80th season of the Primeira Liga, the top professional league for Portuguese association football clubs. It began on 18 August 2013 and concluded on 11 May 2014. Sixteen teams contested the league, fourteen of which took part in the previous season and two of which were promoted from the Segunda Liga. On 20 April 2014, Benfica won the Primeira Liga for a record 33rd time with a 2–0 victory over Olhanense, with two games to spare.

2013–14 Sporting CP season

The Sporting Clube de Portugal's 2013–14 season main competition is the Primeira Liga, known as the Liga ZON Sagres for sponsorship purposes. This article shows player statistics and all matches that the club plays during the 2013–14 season.

2017 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

The 2017 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season is the club's seventh season in Major League Soccer, the top division of soccer in the United States and Canada. Including previous iterations of the franchise, this is 40th season of professional soccer being played in Vancouver under a variation of the "Whitecaps" name.

Outside of MLS, the Whitecaps played in the knockout rounds of the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League, where they faced fellow MLS team the New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinals. Additionally, the team played in the 2017 Canadian Championship.

2019 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

The 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season is the club's ninth season in Major League Soccer, the top division of soccer in the United States and Canada. Including previous iterations of the franchise, this is 42nd season of professional soccer being played in Vancouver under a variation of the "Whitecaps" name.

On November 7, 2018, the Whitecaps named Marc Dos Santos as their fourth head coach since joining MLS.

36 (TV series)

36 is a sports documentary television show that airs on NBCSN and TSN. The show is a 36-hour documentary series following a specific athlete, such as Patrick Kane. The show typically airs before the spotlighted player competes on the NBC Sports Network. The show is akin to HBO 24/7. On March 14, 2012, 36 expanded to have an episode about Zab Judah calling the show, Fight Night 36. Meanwhile, a 36 episode about IndyCar Series with Tony Kanaan first aired on April 1, 2012. MLS 36 debuted August 5, 2012 following Major League Soccer player Chris Wondolowski during the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. F1 36 debuted on March 29, 2013 featuring Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel.


Fredy is a given name, and may refer to:

Fredy Bareiro (born 1982), Paraguayan football player

Fredy Montero Colombian footballer with Sounders FC

Fredy Barth (born 1979), Swiss racing driver

Fredy Glanzmann (born 1963), Swiss Nordic combined skier

Fredy Hernández (born 1978), Colombian race walker

Fredy Otárola, Peruvian politician

Fredy Perlman (1934–1985), author, publisher and activist

Fredy Reyna (1917–2001), Venezuelan musician, arranger and performer

Fredy Schmidtke (born 1961), track cyclist

List of Seattle Sounders FC players

Seattle Sounders FC is an American soccer club founded in 2008, after the city of Seattle was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. Sounders FC began playing competitive soccer in the 2009 season. It plays its home games at CenturyLink Field, competing in the Western Conference of the MLS. The current Sounders FC is the third soccer team from Seattle to bear the Sounders nickname. The tradition was started by Seattle's North American Soccer League team in 1974, and continued by the city's United Soccer Leagues side, formed in 1994. The current Sounders FC is an entity distinct to both of these clubs, and played its first MLS game on March 19, 2009, against Red Bull New York.As of the start of the 2018 season, a total of 96 players have participated in at least one league match for Sounders FC. Fredy Montero is the club's all-time top scorer with 47 goals, and he is tied with Mauro Rosales for the club record in assists with 34. A total of 56 Sounders FC players have represented their country at full international level. Clint Dempsey has made the most international appearances (141 for the United States), and scored the most goals (57).

List of Seattle Sounders FC records and statistics

Seattle Sounders FC is an American professional soccer club based in Seattle, Washington that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Sounders FC was established on November 13, 2007, as an MLS expansion team, making it the 15th team in the league. Fans chose the Sounders name through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer club to share the name.

The list encompasses the major honours won by Seattle Sounders FC, records set by the club, their managers and their players.

List of Seattle Sounders FC seasons

Seattle Sounders FC is a soccer team based in Seattle, Washington, that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the most senior soccer league in the United States. Sounders FC was established in 2007 as an MLS expansion team and began play in 2009. In addition to the MLS regular season, Seattle also competes in the annual U.S. Open Cup tournament. Depending on the team's performance in these two competitions, they may also qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs in the same year and the CONCACAF Champions League the following year. The CONCACAF Champions League winner qualifies for the next FIFA Club World Cup.

The Sounders won their first MLS Cup in 2016, and have won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup four times and the MLS Supporters' Shield once, in 2014. Having won six trophies, Seattle is the sixth most successful MLS club, and one of only two MLS clubs (with Chicago Fire) to win at least four U.S. Open Cups.Sigi Schmid was the club's head coach from the inaugural season in 2009 to 2016; he was replaced by Brian Schmetzer, initially as interim coach and later as full head coach.The list covers the period from 2009 (when the new club began play) to the present day. It details the club's achievements in senior league and cup competitions, the top scorers and the average attendance for each season.

MLS Newcomer of the Year Award

The MLS Newcomer of the Year Award is awarded by Major League Soccer to a player who has professional experience in another league and has an outstanding season in his first season of play in MLS.

Montero (name)

Montero is a Spanish surname meaning the occupational name for a beater or other assistant at a hunt, from an agent derivative of monte, which, as well as meaning 'mountain', 'hill'. Notable people with the surname include:

Adalí Montero (born 1982), Peruvian singer-songwriter

Carlos Caridad Montero (born 1967), Venezuelan film director

Edgardo Abdala Montero (born 1978), Palestinian-Chilean footballer

Juanita Montero (born 1968-2012) mother of two

Enrique Montero (born 1954), Spanish footballer

Fredy Montero (born 1987), Colombian soccer player

Gabriela Montero (born 1970), Venezuelan-American classical piano virtuoso

Jefferson Montero (born 1989), Ecuadorian footballer

Jesús Montero (born 1989), baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners

Juan Esteban Montero (1879–1948), Chilean president (1931–1932)

Juan Manuel Montero Vázquez (born 1947), Spanish military physician and Surgeon General

Leonardo Montero, Argentine TV host

Mayra Montero (born 1952), Cuban-Puerto Rican writer

Miguel Montero (born 1983), Venezuelan-American baseball player

Miguel Montero (tango singer) (1922–1975), Argentine tango singer

Pablo Montero (born 1974), Mexican singer and actor

Paolo Montero (born 1971), Uruguayan footballer

Pilar Montero (1921–2012), American bar and restaurant owner

Rafael Montero (born 1989), Dominican-American disc jockey

Ricardo Montero (referee) (born 1979), Costa Rican football referee

Ricardo Montero (cyclist) (1902–1974), Spanish racing cyclist

Rosa Montero (born 1951), Spanish writer

Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders FC is an American professional soccer club based in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders compete as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established on November 13, 2007, and began play in 2009 as an MLS expansion team. The Sounders are a phoenix club, carrying the same name as the original franchise that competed in the North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1983.

The club's majority owner is Adrian Hanauer, and its minority owners are Joe Roth, the estate of Paul Allen and Drew Carey. Former USL Sounders coach and assistant coach Brian Schmetzer took over as head coach in July 2016 after the departure of Sigi Schmid. The Sounders play their home league matches at CenturyLink Field, with a reduced capacity of 41,000 seats for most matches. Along with several organized groups, a 53-member marching band called 'Sound Wave' supports the club at each home match. Seattle competes with rival MLS clubs Portland and Vancouver for the Cascadia Cup.

The Sounders played its inaugural match on March 19, 2009, winning 3–0 over the New York Red Bulls. Seattle has been among the league's most successful teams, winning the U.S. Open Cup four times, the Supporters' Shield in 2014, and the MLS Cup in 2016. The team has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in each of its ten seasons and competed in the CONCACAF Champions League five times, advancing to the semifinal round once. The team set MLS records for average attendance during its first eight seasons. The Sounders are ranked as one of the most valuable franchises in North America.

The team's players have included U.S. men's national soccer team captain Clint Dempsey, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C. forward Obafemi Martins, striker Fredy Montero, and captain Osvaldo Alonso. The Sounders also operate a players' academy and lower division teams that have produced homegrown players, including forward Jordan Morris and current Newcastle United F.C. defender DeAndre Yedlin.

Seattle Sounders FC Community Shield

The Seattle Sounders FC Community Shield is a club football (soccer) match hosted and organized by the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer. The match has the Sounders FC club play a select club in a pre-season exhibition match, with the intention to raise money for local charities in the Seattle area. In 2010, the Sounders raised $82,000 and the money was split between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America of Washington state, Seattle SCORES, Soccer Saves, and Washington Youth Soccer.

In 2010, the first Community Shield was held, when the Sounders played their longtime rivals, the Portland Timbers on March 11, 2010. In the match, the Timbers defeated the Sounders 1-0, giving the Timbers their first win in Seattle since 2005.

On March 9, 2011, Sounders and the defending 2010 MLS Cup champions, the Colorado Rapids took the pitch in the 2nd Community Shield with the Sounders winning 3-1.

February 29, 2012, Sounders took on Jaguares from the Mexican Primera División at CenturyLink Field and won 2-0, with two goals from Fredy Montero.

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