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The Daily Dirt, February 15: Top striker returning to MLS

Vancouver acquires Seattle legend Fredy Montero

Real Salt Lake v Seattle Sounders Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

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Big trade in MLS overnight that will allow Vancouver to add former Seattle forward Fredy Montero. He will be joining the Whitecaps on a one-year loan from Tianjin Teda of the Chinese Super League. Since leaving Seattle, Montero has starred for Millonarios FC in his native Colombia, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, and most recently Tianjin Teda.

Minnesota traded the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order to Vancouver so they made the acquisition. They received a total of $225,000 in allocation money for 2018 plus an international roster slot for the 2017 season. They are now in the #4 slot in the Allocation Order as well.

With international slots at a premium for quite a few teams in the league, including Atlanta, it is worth watching their value in trades. While this move involved many other things, Minnesota was in need of additional international slots. They were able to get one, along with lots of GAM and TAM, in exchange for that top spot in the Allocation Order. Atlanta chose to take the top spot in the Allocation Order at the Expansion Priority Draft last October and used it to add goalkeeper Brad Guzan.


Domestic

Fredy Montero is now a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps:

Clint Dempsey is cleared to return to action completely for the Seattle Sounders (NY Times)

Sebastian Blanco could be the missing piece for the Portland Timbers (FourFourTwo)

LA Galaxy battling injuries in preseason with Robbie Rogers and Gyasi Zardes both out (LA Times)

Injuries also hampering Orlando City’s preseason with Cristian Higuita out (Orlando Sentinel)

New NASL club San Francisco Deltas continue to add experienced players to the roster (Medium)

3 issues facing the NWSL (Equalizer Soccer)

International

Paris St. Germain demolished Barcelona yesterday, what did we learn? (SB Nation)

Issues at Rangers still unfolding in Glasgow (FourFourTwo)