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Seattle's Montero in a slump
MLSsoccer.com, April 17th, 2012 4:42PM

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Fredy Montero, Seattle's scoring and assist leader over the club's first three seasons, has no goals and no assists through the first five games of the MLS season.

“I’m worried because that’s what I love, to play and score goals,” Montero said. “But right now I’m more worried about the team. I’m happy because the team is winning games.”

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid pointed out that with midfielders Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez missing time this season with injuries, Montero has been asked to shoulder more of the playmaking responsibilities and has also been positioned farther away from goal.

“There’s times where I think he could save himself some punishment by just getting rid of the ball maybe a step sooner, but as a result of holding it, he ends up getting beat up a lot by the opponent,” Schmid said Saturday. “He drew some fouls for us in dangerous situations that set up free kicks for us that allowed us to be dangerous, too. So overall, I think his impact on the game was a positive one and his role ends up being a little bit different, especially without Flaco [Fernandez] out there and without Mauro out there.”

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