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Whitecaps' Montero, RSL's Onuoha opt out of tourney

Field Level Media
08 Jul 2020, 03:19 GMT+10

Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Fredy Montero and Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha have cited family concerns for their reasons against playing in the MLS is Back Tournament.

Montero, 32, took to Instagram to announce his decision.

"Due to the current situation with Covid-19, I made the hard decision to stay with my wife and daughters in Canada, instead of traveling with the team to Florida," Montero said. "It was not an easy decision. I truly love what I do for living and have been eagerly waiting to return to the pitch as much as anyone however the health of my family is my number one priority.

"My family and I have had a complicated few months not only with being isolated in Canada without family or friends but also with an unforeseen health emergency. I am deeply disappointed that I won't be able to help my teammates and I am really sorry about it, but I look forward to reuniting with them when they arrive back."

Montero has recorded 68 goals and 43 assists in 186 career matches with the Seattle Sounders and Whitecaps.

Onuoha wrote on social media that he didn't think that "leaving my wife and three kids in the middle of a pandemic was a good idea."

Onuoha, 33, has one goal and one assist in 31 career appearances (29 starts) with Real Salt Lake.

--Field Level Media

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