He was named Impact Defensive player of the year
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced on Friday that goalkeeper Evan Bush signed a new three-year contract with the club, after being recently named the Impact Defensive player of the year in 2018, the MLS Audi Player Index Top Goalkeeper and the Videotron Player of the Year, as voted by the supporters after each game.
“Evan signing a new contract with the Impact is excellent news for the future of this team,” said head coach Rémi Garde. “His excellent work daily with Joël Bats, alongside the group’s three other goalkeepers, allowed him to have a very good 2018 season. I’m happy to be able to count on him next season.”
“I am very excited to continue with the Impact and that my family and I will call Montreal our home for the foreseeable future,” said Evan Bush. “The most important aspect of the decision was making sure my wife and kids were happy. I’d like to thank the people of Montreal for accepting us as one of their own over the last eight years through the relationships we have established, making this decision an easy one for us. We have built a beautiful family during our time here and we are excited to continue being a part of this community moving forward. I’d also like to thank the club, most notably Mr. Saputo, Adam Braz, Nick De Santis, Rémi Garde and Joël Bats for their faith and confidence in me.”
In his seventh MLS season with the Impact and eighth with the club, Bush, 32, led all MLS goalkeepers with 132 saves and finished tied for first in goal with 34 games played, 34 starts and 3,060 minutes played, second with 184 shots faced, tied for third with 10 clean sheets, sixth with a 71.7 save percentage and tied for seventh with 14 wins.
This season, he reached 50 career MLS wins and 150 career games played with the Impact, in the first and second divisions. He surpassed Greg Sutton for most career saves and regular season minutes with the club among goalkeepers, also in the first and second divisions. He reached 10,000 career minutes played with the Impact in MLS, on March 10 in Columbus.
He was selected three times on the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week, another three times on the bench, and was voted Videotron Player of the Game nine times by the supporters, a season-high for the Bleu-blanc-noir in 2018.
Over the course of his career with the Impact, which began in 2011, Bush was awarded the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League Golden Glove, named the 2011 Impact Defensive Player of the Year and an NASL Golden Glove winner that same year.
In addition to leading most MLS club goalkeeper records, Bush ranks first in club history with 163 games played, 14,589 minutes of play, 2,073 shots received and 550 saves, in second place with 42 shutouts and tied for second with 60 wins.
Transaction: Goalkeeper Evan Bush signs a new three-year contract with the Montreal Impact.