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Montreal Impact acquire center back Joel Waterman

The signing represents the first-ever transfer from Canadian Premier League to MLS

Joel Waterman is the first signing from the Canadian Premier League for Montreal Impact's new coaching staff, led by Thierry Henry (Photo courtesy Montreal Impact)

The Montreal Impact announced the signing of center back Joel Waterman on Tuesday. It represents the first ever transfer from the Canadian Premier League to MLS. 

Waterman joins the Impact on a two-year contract, including options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, after playing for Cavalry FC.

“We are happy to welcome Joel to the Impact,” Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “He’s a center back that can play every position in a three or four-man defensive line, and also as a defensive midfielder. He’s a player with the right mentality, and he comes to Montreal following a good season in CPL.”

In his first professional season, Waterman helped Cavalry FC win the CPL’s spring and fall season titles. The 23-year-old had already reported to the Impact’s first day of training camp on Tuesday at Complexe Sportif Marie-Victorin. 

The native of Langley, British Columbia, signed with Cavalry FC after being selected in the 2018 CPL draft. In the CPL inaugural season, he made 23 appearances in all competitions, adding a goal and an assist. 

Waterman previously spent three seasons in USL League Two with Kitsap Pumas SC, TSS Rovers FC and the Calgary Foothills. The Canadian also featured in the U.S. Open Cup in 2016 with Kitsap Pumas SC. 

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