MLS Moves: Impact signs pair of academy products

The Montreal Impact signed defender Daniel Kinumbe and midfielder Clement Bayiha, a pair of academy products who trained with the first team in 2018 before being sent to the Ottawa Fury, where they spent the remainder of the team.

“Daniel Kinumbe and Clement Bayiha are two young players with good potential,” said Impact head coach Remi Garde. “They put a lot of work in training during the 2018 preseason with the pros and I think they have an interesting progress margin.”

Kinumbe, 19, was raised in Sherbrooke, before playing for club Panellinios. He then joined the Montreal Impact Academy in 2016. Bayiha, 19, was born in Cameroon and joined the Montreal Impact Academy in 2016 from club AS Blainville.

They both played for Canada’s U-21 team at the 2018 Toulon Tournament.

The Impact had five Homegrown players on its roster in 2018 and two more players -- USL Goalkeeper of the Year Maxime Crepeau and Thomas Meilleur-Giguere -- on loan to Ottawa.

Montreal's best HG product is 19-year-old Ballou Tabla, the first academy product it sold to Europe when Barcelona snapped him up in January.
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