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Freddy Montero, Sr., Teams With Washington Youth Soccer's Bill Umana to Locate Talented Young Players in Underserved Communities

Washington Youth Soccer has a new partner in the quest to identify talented young players in the state's underserved communities — and his name will be familiar to any fan of Seattle pro soccer.

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Freddy Montero, Sr. — whose son, Freddy, has been thrilling fans of Sounders FC for the last two seasons — has joined forces with State Diversity Development Officer Bill Umana to locate and evaluate elite youth players throughout the region's traditionally underserved communities.

"I'm excited to help Bill Umana and Washington Youth Soccer to support the development of young players, and the game of soccer, in Washington state," Montero said, through an interpreter. "We look forward to giving opportunities to players who haven't been previously involved in the program."

Montero's pedigree for developing young talent goes without saying — in addition to playing a key role in the training and development of one of Major League Soccer's most exciting young forwards, Montero has worked with numerous promising youth in his native Colombia, where he lived before relocating to Seattle in 2009 to follow his son's burgeoning pro career.

"We’re very fortunate to have Fredy on board to work with Bill — his experience and passion will be a huge asset in growing our outreach programs and providing more opportunities to all kids in Washington State," said Gary White, Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director.

Montero and Umana will be working with the hundreds of talented young players within the state for whom English is not their first language, including players of Hispanic, Somali, Ukranian and Gambian origin, among others. Boys and girls ages 14-17 identified by Montero and Umana will be invited to try-out for Washington Youth Soccer’s Elite Player Development (EPD) program, where they would receive further specialized training.

"We want to make sure that every single talented young player in Washington state has the opportunity to be observed," Montero said.

In addition, Montero is excited about the opportunities afforded to him to be a part of the new identification process.

"I am excited to have Bill Umana as a partner for this program. He's had a long career in Washington state and working with him has been a great opportunity to learn the style of soccer in the U.S.," Montero says.

Tryout dates and locations will be established soon, with news to be posted on the state association website, WashingtonYouthSoccer.org. For complete information about Washington Youth Soccer's Soccer Across Washington program, visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.

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