Vancouver Island soccer player a first-round major-league draft pick

Callum Montgomery goes fourth overall to FC Dallas in MLS SuperDraft

Callum Montgomery controls the ball playing for the UNC-Charlotte 49ers. Montgomery, from Lantzville, was selected fourth overall by FC Dallas in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft last week. (SAM ROBERTS photo)

A soccer player has made it all the way from the Nanaimo house league to become a first-round Major League Soccer draft pick.

Callum Montgomery of Lantzville was chosen fourth overall by FC Dallas in the MLS SuperDraft last week. He and his family were at the draft Friday in Chicago.

“Various mock drafts projected it, but you still never know, with trades and things like that, and what teams are looking for and what they actually see in you,” said the 21-year-old defender. “You don’t really know, I guess, till you hear your name called, so it was a pretty cool moment.”

Montgomery played for the Blue Thunder house team and then Nanaimo rep before moving on to Victoria’s V.I. Wave program. He attended Dover Bay Secondary and finished high school at St. Michaels University School and played for the Victoria Highlanders.

He is coming off his final, and finest, season with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as his 49ers sported a 14-5-2 record and he was an All-American and Academic All-American.

“That was probably the best I had been in all four years, just getting older and learning from every year and starting to take a larger leadership role at the same time,” Montgomery said.

He said as a teenager, he had a dream to play MLS soccer, but didn’t think he was quite good enough.

“And then [I] got to college and started really developing more and more and grew into my body more, became faster, stronger, more athletic and then the accolades started coming in,” Montgomery said.

Still, at season’s end, he wouldn’t have thought he would be a high draft pick, so it’s been a bit of a “whirlwind” to find himself go in the first round, fly to Phoenix for a rookie symposium this week, and then look ahead to his first training camp with FC Dallas.

He said his new club has a strong program with good players and coaches and he’ll have a better idea of where he fits in once he arrives there.

“That being said, I just want to work hard every single day and do what I can do to contribute,” said Montgomery. “Whether that’s on the practice field carrying water bottles or starting every single match, I just want to contribute to the team’s success and get better every day in the process.”



sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Controversial SD69 discussions continue regarding field trips requiring air travel

Some Qualicum district students believe motion takes away too much from experience at school

Pole-climbing thieves pilfering wire in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Repairs are costly and thefts jeopardize public safety

Qualicum Beach council discusses helping out Orca Place residents

Town considers offer of temporary jobs in the future

Green Party leader Elizabeth May talks eliminating fish farming in open ocean pens

May stops in Qualicum Beach as part of Island campaign

Library month celebrates Indigenous people, culture in Parksville

Vancouver Island Regional Library showcasing culture of many Nations during October

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read