TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
The Montreal Impact announced the acquisition of French center back Rudy Camacho on Thursday, on a permanent transfer from Belgian club Waasland-Beveren via the use of Targeted Allocation Money. Camacho has signed a four-year contract and will join the Impact upon receiving his international transfer certificate and passing his medical.
Camacho, 27, has been a regular for Waasland-Beveren, playing 2,700 minutes in all competitions in this season in the Jupiler Pro League, Belgium's first division, and Belgian Cup action. He scored two goals and served as team captain in his final eight games with the club, which currently sits in 12th place in the top flight.
“Rudy's arrival is very important for the team's central defense, even more so with the long-term injuries suffered by Zakaria Diallo and Kyle Fisher,” said Impact head coach Remi Garde in a club release. “He's a solid defender, but he's also good at starting the attack. He was quickly seduced by the challenge of MLS, despite numerous solicitations he received from other European clubs after two very good seasons in Belgium's first division.”
Originally from L'Arbresle, France, Garde’s hometown, Camacho made his professional debut with AS Nancy's reserve team, before moving on to lower-division side AS Lyon-Duchère in 2012. He joined CS Sedan Ardennes in 2014, helping the club earn its promotion to the French third division in 2014-15.
“Rudy is a center back who is at a very good age for a player and comes here with a good amount of experience,” said Montreal technical director Adam Braz. “With the unfortunate injuries to two of our central defenders, it was a priority to find reinforcements at the position. We are happy to welcome him into the group and look forward to his contributions on the field.”