Live chat with Sounder FC's Fredy Montero
Highlights of a live chat with Sounders FC star Fredy Montero.
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Sounders FC's Fredy Montero talked about playing kids soccer and kicking a 61-yarder for the Seahawks in a live chat Monday.
Q: Why do you kiss your wristband when you score a goal?
Montero: I wear a wristband that has the colors of the Colombian flag, so when I kiss my wrist, it is for my country. It's also for my family who are watching the game.
Q: You went to Disneyland recently. What was your favorite attraction?
Montero: Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones and the rollercoaster at California Adventures: California Screamin'. That was the first time I've ever been on a rollercoaster, so I had my eyes closed. My girlfriend told me to open my eyes, and I finally did halfway through. I enjoyed it and I went again.
Q: How would you feel if you were to be selected as captain of the Sounders next year after Kasey Keller leaves?
Montero: It'd be fantastic. It'd be a real honor for me. After being here for three years and the great story we've built here, it'd be special.
Q: How old were you when you played on your first team as a child?
Montero: 9 years old. When I was a child, I played with no shoes with my friends in the streets.
Q: What has been your favorite moment in your three years here?
Montero: There have been two: My debut when we played against the Red Bulls and I scored the first goal in franchise history, and also winning the Open Cup last week.
Q: How do you prepare for each game?
Montero: If there are important games or championship games, I like to envision and dream of scoring goals. That helps me out. I also like to eat the same thing before games so it doesn't upset my stomach. Spaghetti and chicken are my staples.
Q: What is it like to work with coach Sigi Schmid, and how much has he helped you?
Montero: Schmid is very different from coaches I had in Colombia. The transition was a little difficult, but I'm very thankful to Coach Sigi because I think my body of work now has been due to him.
The language was tough, the style of play and the work rate that was expected.
Q: What's your favorite pitch/field away from home?
Montero: Portland. I looooove scoring goals in Portland!
Q: The Seahawks missed a 61-yard field goal to win the game. Could you make that kick?
Montero: I could certainly try! I need a part-time gig anyway once the season's over.
Q: If you could have any player as your striker partner who would it be?
Montero: Pelé, but he'd have to pass me the ball... :)
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