Sounders have lost good players to bad decisions, too

In regards to the recent sports opinion piece (“Is Wilson next superstar to leave Seattle on bad terms?” The Herald, Feb. 12), I noticed while reading it the exclusion of one notable team in Seattle who has had superstars leave under bad terms: the Seattle Sounders. I can think of two whose time in Seattle ended badly: Obafemi Martins and Fredy Montero.

Martins left the Sounders before the 2016 MLS Cup-winning season because he felt the club wasn’t paying him enough based on his production on the pitch even though he had signed a three-year extension in 2014. With Montero, it was a similar story although in his case, there were many clubs in Europe that wanted to sign him and eventually Sporting Lisbon of Portugal ended up signing him in 2014.

Now for the past two seasons, Montero has played for the rival Vancouver Whitecaps. Both players were very popular during the early years of the Sounders in MLS and helped establish Seattle as a soccer town. Given how popular the Sounders are in this area, I find it a little disappointing that Larry Stone of the Seattle Times who wrote the piece forgot to talk about this. I hope in the future when pieces similar to this are done that the Sounders are included in the discussion.

Chris Guardiano

Mountlake Terrace

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