Buenos días. A todos gracias por sus palabras de motivación y hablando del tema selección Colombia,el momento llegara. Gracias !
— Fredy Montero (@Goleador17) August 27, 2012
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Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero had this message for his 19,000-some Twitter followers Monday morning. He went on to translate for his English-speaking fans, saying it was a thank you for all the support and a message of hope that the Colombian national team will come calling.
So was there any extra significance to this mention of the national team?
I asked Montero about that after the team’s training session. He said he included it in the tweet because a lot of people, especially in Colombia, have been asking him about being called up. Surely the hat trick Saturday against Chivas USA had something to do with it.
“I’m ready to go if they call me, but I was just saying someday, hopefully soon, that opportunity comes to me,” Montero said.
The Colombian national team had a training camp earlier this month and manager Jose Pekerman called up Philadelphia defender Carlos Valdes (his first since joining MLS) and former Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon — two players with MLS connections. Montero said that gives him hope that Pekerman won’t be afraid to look to the league again in his case.
“Hopefully one day I have the opportunity to go there and show that MLS is a good level and we can play there and do something good for the team,” Montero said.
Montero, 25, earned his first cap in 2007 and boasts four total, but he hasn’t been involved with the national team since 2009.
Another honor that eluded Montero was the latest MLS Player of the Week, which is noteworthy because he became the first player in the league this season to not win the award immediately after netting a hat trick. The honor, which was announced Monday afternoon, went to Crew forward Federico Higuain, who scored three goals in a pair of wins.
The five others with three-goal performances this season — Sounders FC’s David Estrada, New York’s Thierry Henry, D.C. United’s Chris Pontius, Real Salt Lake’s Alvaro Saborio and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski — all won Player of the Week.