HOW ACQUIRED: Signed to a two-year contract on Feb. 15, 2019.
An original Sounder, Montero returns to MLS to play for the Whitecaps for a second time after spending time at Sporting CP. One of the most prolific goalscorers in MLS history, Montero is most comfortable playing as a second striker so he can attack the opposing defense facing the goal. He is dangerous shooting from distance and can also set up his teammates for opportunities, as evidenced by his 40 assists in five years.
OUTSIDE MLS: In 2013 he went on loan to Millonarios in Colombia and then to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the Portuguese first division. After showing well on his Sporting loan, the Portuguese club acquired him permanently on January 30, 2014. His time in Portugal featured a total of 37 goals and 12 assists in all competitions, including five UEFA Champions League appearances and three goals and four assists in seven Europa League appearances. Most recently, Montero played for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda during the 2016 season, scoring nine goals and recording three assists in 29 league appearances. Since rejoining Sporting CP in January 2018, Montero started 18 of 37 appearances, helping Leões hoist the 2018 and 2019 Taça da Liga (Portuguese League Cup). Montero scored nine goals across all competitions, including five in the UEFA Europa League.
INT'L EXPERIENCE: Has four caps for Colombia National Team. Most recent appearance was in friendly with Venezuela at Giants Stadium (8/12/09). Started Colombia’s World Cup qualifier Oct. 11, 2008 vs. Paraguay. Earned his first national team cap in a friendly vs. Panama.
NOTES: 3-time MLS All-Star (2009-10, 2012)...MLS Newcomer of the Year (2009)...3-time US Open Cup winner (2009-11)