TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signed
The Montreal Impact announced on Monday that goalkeeper James Pantemis and defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguere have signed first-team contracts as MLS Homegrown Players, effective at the start of the 2018 season.
"We are happy to sign James and Thomas to MLS Homegrown contracts. They are players who have come through our academy system and have been part of the Canadian youth national team programs," said Impact technical director Adam Braz in a club release. "They have shown that they deserve to take the next step into the first team and we look forward to helping them to continue to develop as players."
Pantemis joined the academy in 2014, coming from Lakeshore. He played with the Impact U18 for two seasons, before joining FC Montreal in the USL in 2016, playing two games. He has also been a part of many national team camps, starting with the Canadian U-15 team in 2012, before being called up for two senior team camps in 2017.
Meilleur-Giguere joined the Impact Academy in 2013, coming from his amateur club of L'Assomption. He played with the Impact U16 and U18, before spending one season with FC Montreal in the USL in 2016, where he started 21 games, playing 1,866 minutes, as well as scoring two goals.
In 2016, he captained the U-20 Canadian national team and took part in the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship, and this season he played with Ottawa Fury FC, the Impact's new USL affiliate.