Adrian Hanauer issues statement on Fredy Montero

Though there have been reports to the contrary, as of Thursday morning, Fredy Montero is still a Sounder.  That very well could change any day, but at this point no paperwork has been finalized.  Sounders FC owner and general manager issued a statement on the matter on Thursday.

“We are finalizing the loan of Fredy Montero to Millonarios of Colombia for the 2013 MLS season.  We hope to have this transaction completed in the next few days,” Hanauer said.  “Fredy has been a tremendous part of our success the last four years and this decision was not taken lightly.  This was a process that Fredy and the Sounders cooperated on, and our hope is that it works out successfully for both parties.”

For his part, Montero tweeted a heartfelt message to the team and fans on Wednesday, saying, “I want to thank God for these four unforgettable years in Seattle, to the Sounders staff, coaches, players and especially the FANS for everything you gave me.  You guys are all truly remarkable. Thanks Adrian for your unconditional support.  Seattle, you will always be in my heart and be my second home.  I will be back one day!  Until then I wish you all the best.  God bless.”

Montero is the club’s all-time leader in goals and assists, with 60 goals and 43 assists in all competitions and 47 goals and 34 assists in MLS play.