Mexico Soccer: On the fence with Luis Montes and El Tri


Mexican midfielder Luis Montes has stayed below the radar in Mexico, as an unheralded presence that continues to be pertinent to El Tri. But, it is still uncertain whether Montes has a World Cup in his future.

With a long list of midfielders hoping to make the final cut the question lingers will Montes be one of them? Montes has had a very short career with El Tri. But the time Montes has spent with the national team has been quite productive. Montes being one of the important figures that contributed to Mexico booking its ticket to Brazil 2014.

Montes doesnt have an illustrious history, yet he continues to be an important presence when called upon to El Tri.

For example, Montes completely changed the game when he came on in the second half against the United States. His vivacity brough Mexico to life. A player that can change the outlook of a game within seconds of coming in is a very valuable asset to have.

Montes began his career at the youth level with Pachuca then made his professional debut with Indios de Ciudad Juarez in 2006. In 2007 Montes returned to Pachuca and stayed for approximately 4 years. In 2011 he found a new home in Leon where he has finally found the success he merits.

In 2013 Montes and Club Leon won the Apertura in a season of dominance for La Fiera.

Montes’s World Cup possibilities remain on the fence. Teetering in, and teetering out of Brazil.

With Hector Herrera, Carlos “El Gullit” Pena, Andres Guardado, Juan Carlos Medina, Marco Fabian and Montes all battling for a place its going to be a headache for head coach Miguel Herrera to choose who to leave behind.

Thus, any player struggling with their respective clubs should be extremely worried.

Montes on the other hand continues to perform well with Leon and even contributed a goal against Bolivar in the 2-2 draw of the Copa Libertadores. With the World Cup just over a month away it really is going to come down to the wire. The only problem with Montes is whether he will be as effective against big name teams. The friendlies coming up against Israel, Ecuador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Portugal will be a good indication of where El Tri’s midfield dilemma stands. And Montes may, or may not be there.