Montreal Impact sign 21-year-old Uruguayan forward Santiago González via Discovery process

Santiago Gonzalez signs with Montreal Impact

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The Montreal Impact have bolstered their attack, signing young but experienced Uruguayan forward Santiago González.

The Impact announced on Friday that they have signed González via the Discovery process, more specifically via Special Discovery as detailed by sporting director Nick De Santis on Thursday. The deal will be finalized upon receipt of his international transfer certificate and his visa. Per MLS and club policy, details of the deal are not disclosed.

González, 21, played the first three years of his career with Institución Atlética Sud América in Uruguay's first and second divisions. He joins the Impact after finishing first on his team with five goals and two assists in 14 games, all as a starter, while playing 1,204 minutes during the 2013 Apertura of the Uruguayan Primera División.

"Santiago is a young striker that has already played three professional seasons," De Santis said in a statement. "He is a dynamic forward that moves very well and can play with his back to the goal. It will take a bit of time to adapt, but I think he can bring a different element to the team."

During the 2012-13 season, González helped Sud América earn promotion to the first division after finishing atop the Uruguayan second division in scoring, recording four goals and three assists in 18 games and 1,034 minutes.

At the international level, González played two games with the Uruguayan U-17 national team at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.