by ANTHONY J. MERCED
The Colombian striker Fredy Montero is close to returning to MLS with the Vancouver Whitecaps according to El Heraldo.
Montero has been away from the United States since the 2013 season, and his return could be trouble for the New York Red Bulls ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League games against the Whitecaps in coming weeks.
Montero started his career with Deportivo Cali in Colombia, scoring 22 goals between 2005-10. During that time he shuttled to other Colombian teams, including Academia and Atlético Huila. At the age 22 Montero moved to MLS with the Seattle Sounders, first on loan and then permanently between 2009-14. He made 119 appearances for the club, scoring 47 goals.
Montero then returned to Colombia with Millonarios before venturing to Europe with Sporting CP in Portugal. He stayed there for three years until a big-money offer arrived from China. Tianjin TEDA was the suitor and Montero was there only for a year, pending his move to Vancouver.
The move would certainly raise alarm bells for the New York Red Bulls who will host the Whitecaps in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series on Feb. 22.