Vancouver Whitecaps acquire Montero, boost offense

New Vancouver Whitecaps acquisition Fredy Montero (pictured) has six career SCCL goals. (Photo: Mexsport)

VANCOUVER, Canada -- The Vancouver Whitecaps bolstered their attack Wednesday, acquiring former Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero on a one-year loan from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda.

It was not immediately known whether the 29-year-old will participate in Vancouver’s 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against the New York Red Bulls, which starts on February 22.

"It's a great signing for us and we're delighted to welcome Fredy to our club," Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson remarked. "We have worked diligently throughout the offseason to strengthen the forward area and today we have managed to add a very good striker in Fredy."

When he performed with the Sounders, Montero was a force domestically and internationally. He is the club’s all-time scorer in all competitions with 60 goals, including 47 in 119 appearances from 2009-12. He also has scored six SCCL goals -- one during the 2010/11 competition, three in the 2011/12 and two more in 2012/13.

The 5-foot-9, 160-lb. Montero also played for Deportivo Cali, Academia, Atletico Huila and Millonarios in his native Colombia and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.