CF Montreal get their hands on a striker

CF Montreal announced Wednesday that it has secured the services of striker Bjorn Johnsen, who played in the South Korean Premier League with club Ulsan Hyundai until recently.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-season agreement, including an option year in 2023. The association will be confirmed following receipt of his international transfer certificate and medical examination.

« We are pleased with the acquisition of this player with a wealth of experience in Europe and Asia, » commented Olivier Renard, FC Montreal sports director, in a press release.

“Bjorn is a large, fairly mobile forward. He has demonstrated his ability to score goals in all the clubs where he has played in the past, especially also with the Norwegian national team. « 

Born in the United States, the 6’5  » player made his professional debut in 2011 with Kjelsås IL, in the Norwegian second division. He then joined Atlético Clube de Portugal, and finished second in Portuguese second division scorers in 2014. He also played in Bulgaria, Scotland and the Netherlands.

Johnsen joined Ulsan Hyundai in January 2020, with whom he scored 11 goals in 31 games. He helped the squad win the AFC Champions League and secure their place at the FIFA Club World Cup.

Two defenders in the Canadian Premier League

CF Montreal has also announced that it has loaned young defenders Karifa Yao and Keesean Ferdinand to Canadian Premier League teams.

Yao will join Cavalry FC, while Ferdinand will join Atlético Ottawa squad. The CF Montreal nevertheless availed itself of a right of recall.

« The idea behind these loans is to allow them to gain experience by obtaining minutes of play, » said Olivier Renard, sports director of CF Montreal, in a statement.

“These are two young players from our Academy and in whom we have complete confidence for the future. We hope they can grow up and come back even stronger at CF Montreal. The case of James Pantemis last year was a good example. ”

Having joined the Academy in 2017, Yao secured his first professional contract in June 2019. The 20-year-old played two games in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2020.

For his part, Ferdinand made his first professional pact in June 2020. He was notably part of the Canadian team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup presented in Brazil in 2019. The 17-year-old full-back did not still debuted in MLS.

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