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Charlotte 49ers standout Callum Montgomery drafted by F.C. Dallas
All-America defender picked fourth overall
 
Published Friday, January 11, 2019 5:08 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | SAM ROBERTS
Charlotte 49ers defender Callum Montgomery was drafted by F.C. Dallas in Friday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Callum Montgomery is going to Texas.


F.C. Dallas selected the Charlotte 49ers All-America defender fourth overall in today’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

“It has not sunk in yet, it is a dream come true,” Montgomery said. “This is a great day for me and my family; I want to thank everyone that helped me get here.”

Montgomery’s selection is the second highest draft position in 49ers history, behind Ben Parry, who the San Jose Clash selected third overall in 1998. Mac Cozier is the only other 49er selected in the first round; 10th overall pick by the Columbus Crew in 1996. Montgomery is one of 11 49ers drafted by MLS clubs.  A pair of former teammates – midfielder Brandt Bronico and defender Matej Dekovic – were selected by the Chicago Fire in 2017. Bronico went in the third round, 47th overall. Dekovic was selected in the fourth, 69th overall.

“We are extremely excited and proud for Callum,” 49ers coach Kevin Langan said in a statement. “Having committed to our program and development culture over the past four years we know he is ready to take on the challenge of the MLS. He embodies what it means to be a Charlotte soccer player: fierce competitor on the field, incredible student in the classroom and wonderful ambassador of the program in the community.”


Montgomery, who earned a biology degree at Charlotte, participated in the MLS Player Combine in Orlando. Langan noted his concern regarding if or where Montgomery, a Canadian, would be drafted as clubs could hesitate based on his international status. However, during the combine he was deemed a domestic player, which negated clubs needing to use an international contract on him.


How Montgomery went from Canada to Charlotte:


He attended a Stanford ID camp, where he met former Charlotte coach Jeremy Gunn, who coached Charlotte to the College Cup finals in 2011 before taking the Cardinal’s coaching position immediately after. Gunn connected Montomgery with Langan, which led him to an ID camp at Charlotte. Montgomery, a 6-foot-3 center back, played immediately with the 49ers, where he started 70 of 73 appearances with 11 goals and seven assists.

He scored during penalties against Georgia State in the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament in a Charlotte (14-5-2) win.

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