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Upstate Football Player Successfully Playing Professionally Abroad

When Gilberto Mont is on a football pitch, his feet show his ability and his eyes show his drive for perfection. Mont says he always pushed himself to be the best, even from a young age. “When I was a kid, I was always a perfectionist actually,” Gilberto said. “I always wanted to see the best version of myself. Even when I was writing articles, I was writing letters and I would get angry if I didn’t write them correctly. I would erase them five to 10 times. In the football, it’s the same thing.” Gilberto, whose nickname is G, is constantly jostling on the pitch. His passion for the game is relentless, and part of it comes from his parents, who also share a love for the game. Gilberto’s father, EL, played football at Northwestern. He involved his son in football at a young age. “Probably since he was three years old I put a soccer ball in front of him and play with it,” EL said. “But five years is when we put him in organized football and I’ve been taking him out and doing organized coaching ever since.” Gilberto’s mother, Cherylann, grew up playing football with her brothers in England, cheering on Liverpool FC. Cherylann started noticing that G was a special player when he started playing football games as a kid.” When he was three, four, five and six years old, a lot of sidelined parents would come and said: We enjoyed watching G play.'” As he got older, coaches also began to realize he was a special athlete. Anthony “Speedy” Solomon, who coaches at Speed ​​Street FA, coached Gilberto when he was young and still trains him to this day. “He always had a love for it and he showed it in his practice, his attitude, his mentality,” Solomon said. Gilberto also does individual training with Ivan Malagon Malagon says Gilberto was always focused “It was a bit difficult to get him to laugh and say something during training because he was always working hard and trying to improve,” Malagon said At the age of 14, Gilberto was noticed p ar of Barcelona scouts. He had the opportunity to play professionally in Spain, but he couldn’t play there due to the pandemic. He was still able to go abroad, but would start his professional career in Germany, playing for a club called JFL Schlotheim. “I was afraid I was a 15-year-old kid at the time, but they welcomed me with open arms,” ​​Gilberto said. Since then, Gilberto has been thriving in Germany. On his 17th birthday, he signed with FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt, a historic club that plays in the second division of German football. Most USA players who compete in Germany struggle to see playing time, but last season Gilberto had a starting role and was also one of the team’s leaders. “The whole season has been really special for me, influencing the other players in the team,” Gilberto said. Gilberto Mont is not a typical footballer. When you watch him play, it’s easy to see why. Even in 100 degree heat, he pulls through rigorous training, doing everything he can to be the best. In a few weeks he will travel to Germany for his third season abroad. He has big plans for his future and with his drive and determination, all of Gilberto’s goals seem possible. “Whether it’s going to the World Cup or the Champions League, it’s a dream,” Gilberto said. “It gets exciting for these things. Always an opportunity to play at the highest level, I would love to play with Neymar and others that I looked up to since I was a kid. It really would be a dream come true.”

When Gilberto Mont is on a football pitch, his feet show his ability and his eyes show his drive for perfection. Mont says he always pushed himself to be the best, even from a young age.

“When I was a kid, I was always a perfectionist actually,” Gilberto said. “I always wanted to see the best version of myself. Even when I was writing articles, I was writing letters and I would get angry if I didn’t write them correctly. I would erase them five to 10 times. In the football is the same thing.”

Gilberto, whose nickname is G, constantly jostles on the pitch. Her passion for the game is relentless, and part of it comes from her parents, who also share a love for the game.

Gilberto’s father, EL, played football at Northwestern. He involved his son in football at a young age.

“Probably since he was three years old I put a soccer ball in front of him and play with it,” EL said. “But five years is when we put him in organized football and I’ve been taking him out and doing organized coaching since then.”

Gilberto’s mother, Cherylann, grew up playing football with her brothers in England, cheering on Liverpool FC. Cherylann started noticing that G was a special player when he started playing football games as a kid.

“When he was three, four, five and six years old, a lot of parents on the sidelines would come and say, ‘We enjoyed watching G play. “”

As Gilberto grew, the coaches also began to realize that he was a special athlete. Anthony “Speedy” Solomon, who is a coach at Speed ​​Street FA, coached Gilberto when he was young and still coaches him to this day.

“He always had a love for it and he showed it in his practice, his attitude, his mentality,” Solomon said.

Gilberto also does individual training with Ivan Malagon. Malagon says Gilberto has always been focused.

“It was a bit difficult to get him to laugh and say something during practice because he was always working hard and trying to improve,” Malagon said.

At 14, Gilberto was noticed by scouts in Barcelona. He had the opportunity to play professionally in Spain, but he couldn’t play there due to the pandemic. He was still able to go abroad, but would start his professional career in Germany, playing for a club called JFL Schlotheim.

“I was afraid I was a 15-year-old kid at the time, but they welcomed me with open arms,” ​​Gilberto said.

Since then, Gilberto has been thriving in Germany. On his 17th birthday, he signed with FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt, a historic club that plays in the second division of German football. Most USA players who compete in Germany struggle to see playing time, but last season Gilberto played a starting role and was also one of the team’s leaders.

“The whole season has been really special for me, because I’ve had an influence on the other players in the team,” Gilberto said.

Gilberto Mont is not a typical footballer. When you watch him play, it’s easy to see why. Even in 100 degree heat, he pulls through rigorous training, doing everything he can to be the best. In a few weeks he will travel to Germany for his third season abroad. He has big plans for his future and with his drive and determination, all of Gilberto’s goals seem possible.

“Either going to the World Cup or the Champions League is a dream,” Gilberto said. “It gets exciting for those things. Always an opportunity to play at the highest level, I would love to play with Neymar and others that I looked up to since I was a kid. It really would be a dream come true.”