MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced Friday the signing of goalkeeper Evan Bush, the 2011 Impact Defensive Player of the Year and the North American Soccer League Golden Glove winner (NASL). Per club and Major League Soccer policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
The American goalkeeper becomes the third player to sign with the Impact for its inaugural season in MLS, and the second player from the 2011 edition.
"I’m very excited and proud to get back in Montreal,” said Evan Bush. “I’m pleased to be a part of the plans as the club moves to Major League Soccer. This past season opened my eyes on how professional this organization is. I am ready to take on the next challenge.”
“Evan has shown in 2011 that he can be a top goalkeeper,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “With his performances during the last season, he has earned the right to join the Impact for its move to MLS. I am looking forward to challenging him at the next level.”
Following his first season with the Impact, the 25 year-old goalkeeper finished the season with a league-leading 0.76 goal-against average, allowing only 14 goals in 19 games. Bush ended the season with a career-best nine shutouts, including seven in his last 10 games of the season.
He was named the NASL September Player of the Month and the Defensive Player of the Week following the 11th and 22nd week of activity.
Before joining the Impact on Mar. 11, Bush registered seven shutouts in 25 games with Crystal Palace Baltimore in 2010. In 2009, he donned the Cleveland City Stars’ uniform, also in North American second division.
Earlier in his career, he wore the colours of the Chicago Fire Premier, in 2006, the reserve team for the Chicago Fire (MLS), Cleveland Internationals and Cape Cod Crusaders in the USL Premier Development League. The goalkeeper, originally from Concord Township, Ohio, played his college career with Akron, from 2005 to 2008.
On October 3, the Impact made Colombian defender Nelson Rivas its first MLS signing for next season. The club then signed midfielder Hassoun Camara on October 11.
Weight: 185 lbs
Date of Birth: March 6, 1986, Concord Township, OH (USA)
Hometown: Concord Township, OH (USA)
Former club: Montreal Impact (NASL 2011)
Acquired: October 21, 2011