A subplot of Fredy Montero‘s success on loan with Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon has been the Sounder’s ever-improving prospects of making Colombia’s World Cup team.
Coach Jose Pekerman, in particular, has been in contact with Montero and even went out to Portugal several weeks to go watch the forward, who has scored 13 goals in 16 league games and added three more goals in the Portuguese Cup.
Well, Montero’s chances of playing in Brazil this summer have drastically improved this week following a major knee injury to Colombia’s superstar Radamel Falcao. The AS Monaco forward suffered a torn ACL when tackled in a French Cup game against Chasselay Monts Or Azergues, an amateur team.
No one wants to see the World Cup without Falcao, one of the world’s best, but a consequence is that Montero moves up in the depth chart of Colombian forwards.
Of course, Montero hasn’t scored in Sporting Lisbon’s last four league games, so ending that drought would help.