As voted by you guys, here is #4 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.
#4 The injury to Luis Montes
Not every memorable moment of 2014 can be remembered with fondness. On May 31,204, the Mexico National team defeated Ecuador 3-1 in a friendly before the World Cup, but the game was marred by an awful injury to Luis Montes. Nobody likes to see a player have his World Cup dream shattered, but this one hit home specially hard.
In all honesty it was a tackle that should had never taken place, but it was the kind of play that defined “Chapo” Montes as a player. Before the injury he was known as the kind of player who always gave his best and put in the extra mile. The kind of player that never gave a ball as lost. The kind of style that fans fall in love with.
Perhaps it was because Montes was showing terrific potential before the incident that made it hurt so much more. In fact, he scored the opener in that game with a beautiful long distance rocket.
In that infamous collision, Ecuador’s Segundo Castillo also picked up an injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. Thankfully, Castillo made a full recovery and now plays in Dorados de Sinaloa of the Ascenso MX. On the other hand, Luis Montes has finally resumed training.
In a way, Chapo’s injury opened the door for Hector Herrera in the midfield, and in turn, Herrera was one of the most impressive performers for Mexico in Brazil. But there will always be that feeling of “what could have been” if Montes was there. That is why it makes it that much harder to forget.
Luis Montes will undoubtedly have his chance to bounce back and fulfill his dream of performing in a World Cup Stage one day. 2014 just wasn’t meant to be, El Tri fans hope that maybe 2018 is.