HOW ACQUIRED: Loaned from Bologna through the 2019 season using Targeted Allocation Money on July 25, 2019. Option included to extend loan through 2020 season.
Lappalainen is a young left winger who was a summer 2019 arrival and made an instant impact with a brace on his debut. The 21-year-old Finn ended up tallying five goals and an assist across 683 minutes in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: He has recorded two assists in seven games with the Finland national team, making his senior debut on January 8, 2019, in a friendly game against Sweden. He recently appeared in three 2020 Euro qualification games. He also played with the U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 youth national teams.
OUTSIDE MLS: Lappalainen joined the Impact after finishing atop HJK Helsinki with six goals since the start of the 2019 season, scoring three regular season goals, two goals in the UEFA Champions League and one in the Finnish Cup. He previously played a season and a half on loan with Rovaniemen Palloseura, also in the Veikkausliiga, in 2017 and 2018, scoring a combined 12 goals in 39 regular season games and three goals in five Finnish cup games. He concluded the 2018 season tied for 10th in the league with eight goals. After developing through its Academy, Lappalainen played his first professional season with HJK Helsinki in the Veikkausliiga in 2016, appearing in 14 regular season games, one Finnish Cup game and four Finnish League Cup games.