USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Friday, January 29, 2016
MONTREAL – A quartet of players from FC Montreal is heading to Italy for a two-week training camp with Serie A club Bologna F.C. 1909 as the group prepares for the upcoming USL season.
Defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguère and midfielders Marco Dominguez, David Choinière and Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla will all get the chance to live and train at the club, which counts Montreal Impact and FC Montreal owner Joey Saputo as one of its owners.
“It’s the first time at the Academy level that we send players to Bologna,” said Academy director and FC Montreal head coach Philippe Eullaffroy. “It’s a concrete opportunity that solidifies the relation between both clubs. It’s the beginning of an exchange of players and technical staff that will become more common in the future. It also allows us to compare with players from a Serie A club and learn more about both structures, knowing we both come from different environments.”
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Dominguez made 21 appearances for FC Montreal in its inaugural season, recording one goal and one assist. The other three players, including former Canadian U17 Player of the Year Tabla, will be playing in their rookie seasons this spring.“It’s a good opportunity to go there and show how we play in Montreal,” said winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla. “It represents a lot for me and I’m happy to have been picked. I take this as an opportunity and will continue to work hard to progress.”