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Sports CF Montréal selects Jojea Kwizera 15th overall in MLS SuperDraft

07:52  12 january  2022
07:52  12 january  2022 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Goalkeeper Sebastian Breza returns to CF Montréal on loan

  Goalkeeper Sebastian Breza returns to CF Montréal on loan Quebec goalkeeper Sebastian Breza will return to CF Montreal on loan for the 2022 season and the MLS side also has an option to purchase him from Italian club Bologna FC 1909. “We are happy to have Sebastian back with the team for the upcoming season,” CFM sporting director Olivier Renard said Sunday. “We were pleased with his progress last season, so we wanted him to continue on with us. We didn’t exercise his option but we remained in close contact with Bologna and his return is confirmed today.” The 23-year-old from Ste-Julie will share the net with Canadian international James Pantemis.

CF Montréal used its first round selection in the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday evening to pick Jojea Kwizera, an attacking midfielder who honed his soccer skills in a refugee camp in Tanzania.

CF Montréal's 2022 first-round draft pick in the MLS SuperDraft was Jojea Kwizera, a 22-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. © Provided by The Gazette CF Montréal's 2022 first-round draft pick in the MLS SuperDraft was Jojea Kwizera, a 22-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 22-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was selected 15th overall in the annual draft of U.S. college players. CFM started the day with the 11th pick, but sporting director Olivier Renard swapped places with the New York Red Bulls and pocketed $100,000 in general allocation money for his troubles.

Red Storm have a bit of everything available in Tuesday's MLS SuperDraft

  Red Storm have a bit of everything available in Tuesday's MLS SuperDraft The St. John's Red Storm have a bit of everything available in Tuesday's MLS SuperDraft, complete with Canadian passports. Want to stop goals? Try towering goalkeeper Luka Gavran, a Hamilton native who stands between 6-5 and 6-6. Need to score goals? How about dangerous forward Tani Oluwaseyi of Mississauga, Ont., the 2019 Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Gavran and Oluwaseyi were part of a global Red Storm team that featured talent from Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago as well as the U.S. Other Canadians on the squad were Toronto defender Matt Chandler and Ottawa forward Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau. St.

CFM also had a third-round pick and selected Ivy Brisma, a striker from North Carolina State University.

Kwizera and his older sister were separated from their parents during one of the periods of civil unrest in the Congo and were among the 800,000 Congolese who fled the country. When he was nine years old, he and his sister were relocated to Utah, where he found his identity in soccer.

He earned a scholarship to Eastern Utah University, where he had five goals and seven assists in 16 games as a freshman. He played his final two seasons at Utah Valley University, where he scored six goals and added 12 assists in 25 games.

“He is a hard-hitting player who has good speed, a left-hander who plays a daring game,” Renard said in a video conference. “He’s someone who is hungry for football.”

CF Montréal moved 'mountains to come get me,' defender Johnston says

  CF Montréal moved 'mountains to come get me,' defender Johnston says Alistair Johnston, the latest addition to the CF Montréal lineup, says it’s always good to feel wanted. And the Canadian international defender said CFM showed it wanted Johnston so much the Major League Soccer side made multiple bids for him until it came up with an offer Nashville SC couldn’t refuse. CFM gave up US$1 million in targeted allocation money to acquire the 23-year-old and also gave him a multi-year contract with a hefty raise from the reserve minimum $73,000 he earned last season. “The money’s as much about that as it is anything else,” Johnston said during a video conference from his home in Aurora. Ont.

Brisma, a four-year starter at N.C. State, was born in Haiti, but grew up in Philadelphia and spent five years in the Philadelphia Union Academy.

In other news, CONCACAF announced that the return leg of the first-round Champions League matchup  between CFM and Mexican side Santos Laguna on Feb. 22 will start at 8 p.m at the Olympic Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Saputo Stadium at 8:30. The first leg will be played in Torréon, Mexico, on Feb. 18.

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