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Montreal Impact sign right back Zachary Brault-Guillard

Zachary Brault-Guillard plays the ball for Canada during a Concacaf Nations League qualifier against Dominica at BMO Field on Oct. 15, 2018. (Canada Soccer by Martin Bazyl)

The Montreal Impact have signed Canadian right back Zachary Brault-Guillard on loan from Olympique Lyonnais, the club announced Tuesday.

“Zachary will reinforce the Impact’s defensive unit. He’s a young Franco-Québécois who grew up humanly and sportingly within Olympique Lyonnais’ youth teams,” Impact coach Rémi Garde said in a statement. “He’s a defensive fullback who has potential to progress through daily contact with the Impact’s other professional players. I would like to welcome him to the club.”

The 20-year-old captained the Olympique Lyonnais reserve team since August 2018 after signing his first professional first team contract three months earlier. He also wore the armband for the U-19 side and started five games in the 2015 UEFA Youth League.

“For this year, my objective is to play every game, it’s a possibility, but maybe play a rotation. It depends on the coach and to have more responsibility on the pitch,” Brault-Guillard told the Montreal Impact website.

Brault-Guillard was born in Haiti and was adopted by a Québécois and French couple. He was raised in Montreal until the age of seven when he moved to France. He spent time with youth clubs Lagnieu and Ain Sud, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, before entering the Olympique Lyonnais academy with the U-13 team.

Brault-Guillard has been capped twice by the Canadian national team, making his senior team debut against Dominica in a Concacaf Nations League qualifier in October.

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