HOW ACQUIRED: Signed through allocation on Dec. 27, 2018.
PRONUNCIATION: Lor-han Seem-han
Laurent Ciman came to Montreal ahead of the 2015 season and made an immediate impact, propelling the team to the CONCACAF Champions League final and the MLS Cup Playoffs while racking up numerous individual accolades in the process, including MLS Defender of the Year, MLS Best XI, MLS All-Star Game and Impact Defensive Player of the Year. Ciman followed that up with another All-Star season in 2016 and helped lead the Impact to the brink of MLS Cup, falling to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference Championship. He moved to LAFC for the 2018 season, and after a brief stint in France, returns to MLS with Toronto in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: Ciman has played 20 times for Belgium’s senior national team. He was a member of the Belgian team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as well as part of his country’s team in the 2016 Euro Cup. Ciman was on Belgium’s preliminary roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but was not named to the final squad. His most recent cap came in a 3-0 victory over Egypt on June 6, 2018.
OUTSIDE MLS: Ciman has played for several Belgian clubs, including Standard de Liege, Brugge, RSC Charleroi, and KV Courtai. Also has experience in the Europa and UEFA Champions Leagues. Played in Ligue 1 with Dijon in 2018.