MARTIN MONROY TO GERMANY?
It was in May, and Monroy was playing with Borussia Monchengladbach, a club team in Germany’s second professional division. Monroy was invited to try out with the German side after being spotted in a semipro tournament in Switzerland with the Santa Cruz Breakers 88 Under-19 club team.
The minimum age to sign as a pro in Germany is 17. Still, Monroy knows that once he is done with high school soccer, greener pastures lie ahead — though it may be difficult to imagine a greener pasture than the one P.V. practices on, overlooking a strawberry field off Highway 1 in Watsonville.
“It was hard, but they liked how I played,” Monroy said. “I couldn’t sign a contract because I was 16, but they liked how I played.”
Monroy has an offer from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo to play for former Breakers and UC Santa Cruz coach Paul Holocher next year. Monroy said he will play there if the pro contract doesn’t work out.