MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that 17-year-old Academy midfielder Tomas Giraldo signed his first professional contract as an off-roster Homegrown player for the 2020 and 2021, with an option to extend for future years.
“We are really pleased to see another Academy player sign with us. It’s a signing that’s aligned with the club’s mindset of believing in its young players,” said Impact Sporting Director Olivier Renard. “Tomas showed us his qualities during our training camp in Florida. The coaches are really pleased to see him join the group.”
Giraldo is born in Medellin, Colombia, and arrived in Canada at the age of eight years old. He joined the Academy in 2015, with the Impact U13, after playing with FSS Salaberry. He becomes the 20th player to sign a Homegrown deal with the first team.
“It’s a goal I set myself many years ago,” said midfielder Tomas Giraldo. “It’s something that makes me very proud. It also allows me to follow a family tradition. I hope it’s only the beginning of a great story.”
The 17-year-old midfielder took part in his first U17 national team camp in 2019 with head coach Andrew Olivieri, before taking part in the Concacaf U17 Championship and then to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil, also in 2019.
Transaction: The Montreal Impact signs Tomas Giraldo to an off-roster Homegrown contract on Wednesday, June 17.
Weight: 163 lbs
Date of birth: March 8, 2003
Birthplace: Medellin, Colombia
Place of residence: Montreal, QC
Previous team: Impact U19
Date acquired: June 17, 2020