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MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that FC Montreal winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla has signed a two-year contract with the first team as an MLS Homegrown Player, starting with the 2017 season. Prior to his first season in Major League Soccer, he will take part in a 10-day camp with Bologna FC, starting on Nov. 20, 2016.
The 17-year-old becomes the youngest player in club history to join the team in MLS. This past season, his first in the USL with FC Montreal, he recorded five goals and five assists in 21 games while recording 1,685 minutes. Tabla earned USL Player of the Week honors in Week 21, and also appeared with the Impact in the club’s international exhibition against A.S. Roma on Aug. 3 at Stade Saputo.
“We are very happy to have finalized the signing of Ballou, a young player who did very well with FC Montreal this past year and showed that he deserved to join the first team,” said Impact technical director Adam Braz. “He is an exciting attacking player who has strong technical abilities and is able to be creative and dynamic in the final third. We look forward to seeing him evolve and progress with the first team.”
“I’m really happy to sign my first professional contract with the Montreal Impact,” said Tabla. “I really feel at home in this club. I worked hard to get here. My path at the Academy helped me a lot and I was surrounded by a good technical staff.”
Tabla is the second player to sign as a Homegrown Player with the Impact from FC Montreal this year, following the signing of midfielder David Choniere in June. A former Canadian U17 Player of the Year, Tabla is a current member of Canada’s U20 National Team.