MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that FC Montreal midfielder David Choinière has signed as an MLS Homegrown Player.
The 19-year-old player took part in 12 USL games this season with the club’s second team, scoring his first professional goal in a 2-1 loss against Bethlehem Steel FC on May 15. He also picked up an assist in a 2-1 win over the Richmond Kickers on May 28. He is the first player to successfully make the jump from FC Montreal to an MLS contract with the Impact.
“We are very happy to sign David to a homegrown contract. He is a promising young player who has gone through every step in our system and has shown that he has the right characteristics and the mentality needed to get to the first team,” said Montreal Impact technical director Adam Braz. “We look forward to helping him continue to grow as a player and as a person and we hope that he will make a positive contribution to the team moving forward.”
“I’m really happy to sign my first MLS contract,” said David Choinière. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I joined the Academy aged 14, and my coaches and teammates have helped me progress every day.”
Choinière, a native of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, made his first-team debut on June 8 against Toronto FC in the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal, coming on for Ambroise Oyongo in the 87th minute.
Choinière had joined the Montreal Impact Academy in 2011 at the U16 level after playing with Celtix du Haut-Richelieu.
On the international stage, the Québécois midfielder was part of the U15, U16 and U18 Canadian national teams.
Transaction: Montreal Impact signs David Choinière as a Homegrown Player on June 28, 2016.