The 23-year old Colombian has been an integral part of the Sounders team which has won five of its past eight matches, scoring five goals and providing three assists, but it is not just his offensive work that Schmid is delighted with.
“He has really increased his work-rate on and off the ball for us in terms of helping us out at times defensively and getting himself into some very good offensive positions," Schmid told The Sports Network. "He's had more touches because the guys have been more comfortable with him. They know where to find him.”
Last season, Montero won the MLS Newcomer of the Year award after scoring 12 goals and dishing out seven assists – numbers he is expected to beat this season – and Schmid puts the improvement down to simply getting used to MLS.
"He got used to the league. It's something we talked about. He was already pretty powerful and knew how to use his body, it definitely comes into play,” he added.
“He realizes that some of the calls he would get in Colombia he wouldn't get here, he's fighting through some of those situations. Obviously he's one of our leaders in the game, he's one of our most important players."