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May 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM

The silver lining in defeat, Miguel Montano’s sparkling debut

I had planned on writing a story on Miguel Montano’s dazzling first performance for Sounders FC in a dreadful 4-0 loss to the Galaxy on Saturday.

The breaking news story Sunday regarding the “refund” bumped the bit on Montano, so I wanted to get an unedited, quick-hit version on the blog.

Be sure to share what you thought of the kid’s game…

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Not much went right Saturday for Sounders FC, a 4-0 loser to Los Angeles. It was the worst home-loss in team history (in fact Seattle had never lost by more than one goal in an MLS game at Qwest Field). It also dropped the boys in rave green to sole possession of last place in the Western Conference, and 13 points behind the front-running Galaxy.

There was, however, one faint glimmer of optimism.

And that came from the debut of 18-year-old Colombian Miguel Montano, who entered the game in the 57th minute and displayed speed, skill and effort in a performance that earned acclaim from his teammates and coach Sigi Schmid.

“I think the only bright spot was Miguel, who was great,” said Sounders FC’s Steve Zakuani, who praised Montano’s youthful spirit.

Said Schmid: “I thought he played with energy. When you play with energy you can make some things happen… He was probably one of our only positive things out there.”

Montano said he thought his debut went well. His goal was to play with enthusiasm and bring an attacking style to the Sounders FC attack. Regardless of his effort, Montano said he isn’t expecting more playing time.

“I know that I have to keep working day by day to keep earning my position,” he said through a translator.

Montano came in for fellow countryman Fredy Montero in the 57th minute. In his 35-some minutes on the field, he wowed the Qwest Field crowd with attacking flair, which nearly earned him a couple assists and later almost had him a goal on a Freddie Ljungberg cross.

When asked what Montero told him before coming in, Montano said, “He gave me a lot of confidence entering the field. He just told me to just go onto the field with a lot of personality, and after the game he said I played well… so that was good. I would have hoped to play some minutes with him, it would have been great, but this was not the chance to do it. So hopefully another time we’ll have the opportunity to play together.”

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