Montreal Impact sign Canadian international Michael Petrasso

Canada's Michael Petrasso in action at the 2017 Gold Cup. (Matt York/AP)

The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that they have signed Canadian international Michael Petrasso.

Petrasso, 22, has signed a two-year deal with the Impact with a club option for 2020 included.

“Michael joining the roster is positive because he is a young Canadian international,” said Impact coach Remi Garde. “His qualities allow him to play in different positions and therefore offer many options for the team. The room he has for improvement is very interesting for him and for the Impact.”

The Toronto native is primarily a winger, but has been deployed as a right-back in recent matches for Canada, thus making him a versatile player.

“Michael is a young Canadian international who is an excellent addition to our defensive line,” said Impact technical director Adam Braz. “He has a high work rate and the right mentality, which are important characteristics for our group of players. We are looking forward to welcoming him into the team.”

Petrasso, who has eight caps for Canada, joins the Impact from Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship. He joined QPR from the Toronto FC academy in 2012, but only made a total of 13 appearances in all competitions with the club.

Earlier on Thursday, French Ligue 2 side Stade Brestois announced that it released defender Zakaria Diallo from his contract and that he will join the Impact. Montreal also waived defenders Wandrille Lefevre and Deian Bolder.

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