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FC Montreal unveils its 2016 roster

MONTREAL – FC Montreal announced on Tuesday the roster for its second USL season, which will start on Friday, March 25, against Bethlehem Steel FC, at 7pm, at the Olympic Stadium.

Former U18 players James Pantemis, Thomas Meilleur-Giguère and David Choinière have signed a USL contract and will join the team for the beginning of the season.

The group is composed of 22 Canadians, one Swiss and two Cameroonians. The majority of the players are coming from the development system of the Montreal Impact Academy.

The team will be coached by head coach and Academy director Philippe Eullaffroy. Simon Gatti will be his assistant, Jack Stern will be goalkeeper coach and Benoit Deplagne, who recently joined the club, will be fitness coach of the team.

GOALKEEPERS: James Pantemis, David Paulmin, Luca Leone
DEFENDERS: Janouk Charbonneau, Jems Geffrard, Zachary Sukunda, Mélé Temguia, Nevello Yoseke, Simon Lemire, Aron Mkungilwa, Thomas Meilleur-Giguère
MIDFIELDERS: Philippe Lincourt-Joseph, Alessandro Riggi, Marco Dominguez, Mastanabal Kacher, Yacine Ait Slimane, Fabio Morelli, Fabrice Mbvouvouma, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, Heikel Jarras, Louis Béland-Goyette, Samuel Duffek, David Choinière
FORWARDS: Jacques Haman, Charles Joly

“We believe in our development system, our playing identity and the identity of the club, so having a large majority of players developed at the club in the USL roster is simply logical for what we aim for: bringing a maximum of players as close as possible to the first-team level,” said head coach Philippe Eullaffroy.

First-team players could be added to the roster for certain games, should the MLS team coaching staff want to give players some playing time and help injured players recover their fitness.

Once again, the team will be one of the youngest in the league with 11 players not yet in their twenties. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, aged only 16, will be the youngest player in the team.

“We are a really young team, but the 2015 experience will help the whole group to perform better earlier in the season,” added Eullaffroy. “The cohesion, a result of the players sharing the same DNA, will help make up for this lack of experience. We aim to be in the playoff race this year.”

In its first-ever USL season, FC Montreal finished in 10th position in the Eastern Conference with an 8-16-4 record. After a rough start, the club’s second team got good results in the middle of the season, with a series of six wins in eight games. During the season, the team, already the youngest in the league, signed eight U18 players.

Winger Alessandro Riggi scored nine goals and got two assists, finishing the season as the best scorer of the team and 14th-best in the USL. Throughout the year, FC Montreal players won USL Team of the Week honours on 16 occasions.

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No.

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

POS.

AGE
(on Feb. 29)

NATIONALITY

FORMER CLUB

41

Pantemis

James

GK

19

Canada

Lakeshore

70

Paulmin

David

GK

20

Canada

AS St-Eustache

65

Leone

Luca

GK

22

Canada

Brampton United

66

Charbonneau

Janouk

D

20

Canada

AS Hull

69

Geffrard

Jems

D

21

Canada

CS Rivière-des-Prairies

73

Sukunda

Zachary

D

20

Canada

AS Hull

74

Temguia

Mélé

D

20

Canada

Verts de Sherbrooke

42

Yoseke

Nevello

D/M

19

Canada

Fury d’Ottawa

44

Lemire

Simon

D

19

Canada

Verts de Sherbrooke

59

Mkungilwa

Aron

D

19

Canada

CS Longueuil

64

Meilleur-Giguère

Thomas

D

18

Canada

Arsenal de l’Assomption

46

Lincourt-Joseph

Philippe

M

21

Canada

FC Boisbriand

49

Riggi

Alessandro

M

22

Canada

Conquérants de Laval

50

Dominguez

Marco

M

20

Canada

Braves d’Ahuntsic

53

Kacher

Mastanabal

M

20

Canada

Lakeshore

57

Ait Slimane

Yacine

M

20

Canada

CS Longueuil

72

Morelli

Fabio

M

20

Switzerland

FC Neuchâtel

43

Mbvouvouma

Fabrice

M

18

Cameroon

Rainbow FC

54

Tabla

Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla

M

16

Canada

Panellinios

48

Jarras

Heikel

M

19

Canada

Phénix des Rivières

58

Béland-Goyette

Louis

M

20

Canada

Lakeshore

61

Duffek

Samuel

M

19

Canada

CS Longueuil

67

Choinière

David

M

19

Canada

Celtix Haut-Richelieu

47

Haman

Jacques

F

21

Cameroon

Coton Sport de Garoua

63

Joly

Charles

F

20

Canada

CS Repentigny

 

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