On Tuesday evening the Montreal Impact announced that they have released Maxim Tissot from the club and signed Montreal Impact Academy prospect David Choinière to an MLS contract. Tissot featured in seven matches so far this year, starting five, and scoring one goal. The young player from Gatineau is now free to sign with another team, the Ottawa Fury being a possible destination.
David Choinière was one of the players that went to train with Bologna FC in February prior to the start of the season. MRS contributor Tristan D'Amours also wrote a piece recently in the Concordia Link on David Choinière.
With the MLS transfer window set to open next week, this could be the first move the Impact make in a push to make the playoffs and challenge for MLS Cup.
IMPACT WAIVES DEFENDER MAXIM TISSOT
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that the club has waived defender Maxim Tissot.
"We had to make this decision to free up a spot on our roster, allowing us to sign another player," said Impact technical director Adam Braz. "We want to thank Maxim for his services to the first team in recent MLS seasons. We wish him all the best going forward."
Tissot appeared in 44 games, including 22 starts, and 2,161 minutes in four MLS seasons between 2013 and 2016, recording five goals and one assist in MLS.
He also played in eight Canadian Championship games, including six starts, and nine CONCACAF Champions League games.
DAVID CHOINIÈRE SIGNS MLS CONTRACT WITH IMPACT
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.
Weight: 152 lbs.
Birthdate and birthplace: February 7, 1997, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
Previous team: FC Montreal
Date acquired: June 28, 2016