FC Montreal News Release - www.impactmontreal.com
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
MONTREAL - FC Montreal announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with 16-year-old winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, in preparation for the 2016 USL season.
Tabla, a Canadian player with Ivory Coast origins, is with the Impact Academy for a second time. Arriving for the first time in August 2012, he left on December 9, 2013, and then continued his development in April 2015, after a stint with the Montreal amateur club Panellinios.
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The young winger was most recently with the Impact U18 team, which ended the 2014-2015 season as the best team in the USSF Development Academy overall standings.
Tabla also thrived on the international scene, scoring three goals in 14 games with the U17 and U20 Canadian selections. In 2014, Tabla was named Canada's U17 Player of the Year.
"He's a creative player who can be decisive in the final third," said FC Montreal head coach Philippe Eullaffroy. "He's a valued type of player because you don't find many like him. He's also someone who is eager to learn, who learns fast and who has the right mindset. A player from this age group joining FC Montreal's roster will allow him more time to progress and use all his potential."