MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that the club has acquired Jamaican left-back Shaun Francis through a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft or $50,000 in General Allocation Money in January 2018, contingent on certain stats during the 2017 season.
Francis, 30, is playing an eighth season in MLS. He has played 98 games, including 81 starts, and 7,323 regular-season minutes since 2010. Drafted by Columbus Crew SC, where he played for three years, he made a stint in Chicago in 2013, before going to San Jose. With the Earthquakes, he played 69 games, starting 59 times, and spent 5,305 minutes on the field. This term, he started all eight games he played.
Francis is currently in the United States, with the Jamaican national team, for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He made his debut with the Reggae Boyz in 2010 and, since then, has played seven games, scoring two goals.
“We are happy to have acquired Shaun. He gives us an additional option in the squad at left-back,” said Montreal Impact technical director Adam Braz. “He has experience in MLS as well as at the international level, and does not take up an international spot.”
Transaction: The Montreal Impact has acquired full-back Shaun Francis from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for a second round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft or $50,000 in General Allocation Money in January 2018, contingent on certain stats during the 2017 season.
Weight: 160 lbs
Birthdate and birthplace: October 2, 1986, in Mandeville, Jamaica
Previous club: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Date acquired: July 13, 2017