After sending out a flood of emails to universities, the defender from Lantzville, B.C., didn’t get much of a response other than local U.S. options like the University of Washington and Seattle University.
While he impressed at a Stanford University ID camp, his grades weren’t good enough. But a connection was made.
Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn, a former UNC-Charlotte coach, referred Montgomery to Charlotte coach Kevin Langan, who had been an assistant under Gunn. That led to a UNC-Charlotte camp and a subsequent scholarship offer.
Montgomery is expected to be one of several Canadians to figure prominently in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft in Chicago.
As a left-footed centre back, Montgomery is an attractive option. And thanks to a 2016 MLS rule change, he is considered a domestic player south of the border because of his length of service with a Canadian-approved youth club on Vancouver Island (he spent time with both the Victoria Highlanders and Vancouver Island Wave).
The six-foot-three defender played 73 games for UNC-Charlotte and, as a senior, was named Conference USA defensive player of the year, a first team all-American and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy awarded to the NCAA player of the year.