The Montreal Impact officially announced the signing of preseason trialist Steeven Saba. The Haitian midfielder put pen to paper on a one-year contract with options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Saba played the last two seasons with Violette Athletic Club in the Haitian first division. At 26 years-old, Saba signed his first professional contract outside of his home country.
“It’s amazing. It’s something that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid,” Saba said during the Impact’s launch party last Friday. “I’m leaving Haiti where you don’t have a lot of opportunities and I had the chance, the coaches gave me the chance. I can’t be prouder.”
Hearing the cheers from the Montreal fanbase when announced as the club’s latest player last Friday was a special moment.
✅ Steeven Saba, nouveau joueur de l’Impact de Montréal !
Le Grenadier portera le dossard 19. pic.twitter.com/D5DI54D067
— Haiti-Tempo (@Haititempo) February 1, 2020
“It felt amazing, to be honest,” Saba said. “Because when I was at the Gold Cup [in 2019], we didn’t have a lot of fans and to have this, it means the world.”
Saba will not count as an international
Saba will not count as an international player since he carries an American passport. The Haitian international attended Weston FC Academy in Florida and was invited into the US Under-18 national team camp before returning to Haiti.
Saba made his senior debut for the Grenadiers on May 30, 2018. Since then, the midfielder notched 12 caps and was named to the 2019 Gold Cup Best XI, helping lead Haiti to the tournament’s semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Mexico.
“Steeven confirmed the qualities we saw before inviting him to camp,” Montreal Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “We are very happy to see him join the Impact and start the second phase of training camp as a full-time player.”
“I’m someone that keeps on fighting,” Saba said. “I never give up what I have to do and I’m ready to fight for Montreal.”