Crystal Palace’s Jacob Montes was confirmed by Belgian second-level club Molenbeek to be making the very short move over from Waasland-Beveren, where he has been on loan since the summer.

Just two days after American businessman John Textor became RWD Molenbeek’s major shareholder, the team has made their first January signing, bringing Montes to the Brussels suburb.

Montes signed for Crystal Palace of the English Premier League last May and was quickly sent off on loan as he was not able to acquire a British work visa. 

On July 31st the midfielder moved to the Belgian second-division side, which is partially owned by American co-managing partner and minority owner of Crystal Palace. 

The loan move was said to be for the entire currently-ongoing season but Palace pulled the plug on that move, probably due to a troubling lack of playing time. 

He did score once, against Excelsior Virton in early October in the 4-3 goalfest, however the Californian only made nine appearances so far, all off the bench, and played a measly 105 minutes.

Montes will look to find more playing time at Edmond Machtens Stadium as Molenbeek fight for promotion to Belgium’s top flight.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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