The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that it has come to terms on a two-year deal with French goalkeeper and Senegalese international Clément Diop, and on a one-year contract, and three option years, with Homegrown goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu.
“I am very pleased to be able to count on Clément for the next few seasons,” said Impact head coach Rémi Garde. “Despite receiving other offers, he made the choice to continue his development in Montreal. His MLS experience will be an asset as he integrates into the team. It is also excellent news to see Jason return with the club after growing up within the Impact Academy. He will have the chance to work in a favourable professional environment to further his development.”
“We are happy to have come to terms with Clement and for him to be joining our squad,” added technical director Adam Braz. “Clement showed a real desire to come to Montreal. He will add depth to the goalkeeper position. We have also followed Jason's progress throughout his time at the University of New Mexico. We are happy to give an opportunity to another Homegrown player. He is ready to come in and fight to earn and keep his spot in the squad.”
Diop, 24, was selected by the Impact in the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft on December 13. He has played 17 career games with LA Galaxy, all starts, including 15 games in the 2017 season, totalling 1,511 minutes while recording two shutouts. He joined the Galaxy’s first team in 2016, after leading LA Galaxy II to the USL final in 2015. He joined the Californian club in November 2014, appearing in 54 USL games in three seasons as well as three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games.
He was part of the academy of French club Amiens SC from 2009 to 2011 and was a backup goalkeeper for the first team in Ligue 2 during the 2011/2012 season.
Born in Paris from Senegalese parents, Diop decided to represent his country of origin internationally, appearing in his first game with the Lions of Terenga on June 5, against Uganda. He was also called up for several 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying games. He has previously represented France at the U19 level.
“I am really excited to join the Impact and to participate in this new project with Rémi Garde,” said Diop. “I want to help this club reach its goals.”
Beaulieu, 23, was developed at the Montreal Impact Academy between 2011 and 2013, highlighted by a 2012 season when he helped the Impact U21 reach the Canadian Soccer League final, recording 11 shutouts and a 0.76 GAA during the season. He was then named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He had previously joined the Impact Soccer Schools’ goalkeeping program in 2008 and also played with FC Boisbriand.
He spent the last four years with the University of New Mexico Lobos in the NCAA, appearing in 69 games and spending 6,397 minutes on the pitch. He recorded 34 wins, 22 losses, 11 ties and 22 shutouts.
“I’m really happy to start my professional career at home, in Montreal. It’s with great honour that I will again wear our club’s jersey,” said Beaulieu.
Transaction: The Montreal Impact has come to terms on a two-year deal with goalkeeper Clément Diop and on a one-year contract, assorted with three option years, with Homegrown goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu.
Weight: 165 lbs
Birthdate and birthplace: October 12, 1993, in Paris, France
Citizenship: France & Senegal
Last club: LA Galaxy (MLS)
Date acquired: January 9, 2018
Weight: 200 lbs
Birthdate and birthplace: February 12, 1994, in Montreal, Quebec
Last club: University of New Mexico (NCAA)
Date acquired: January 9, 2018