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With the addition of its two academy products, the Impact have surpassed the minimum requirement of three Canadian players in its roster.

The Montreal Impact are making final tweaks to their roster as the club prepares for the new MLS season which kicks off on Saturday in Seattle.

On Tuesday, the Impact signed homegrown and academy products Wandrille Lefèvre and Maxim Tissot to contracts with the first team. As club sporting director Nick De Santis explained via a club press release, both players deserved the promotion for their play throughout last year and in the Impact's recent preseason training camp

"We are very pleased to have signed both of these young players from our system; both of whom are athletes with a strong attachment to the jersey. These two players have worked hard, have been consistent and have performed well throughout the camp and have earned a spot with the pros,” De Santis explained via a club press release.

"Lefèvre has shown himself to be a step above the rest of the U21 group, while Tissot is a rare left back who can be a key element to the club in the future. Now, it's up to them to continue their progression, but we have to be patient with them to ensure that we don't rush their development."

Academy forward Mircea Ilcu and first round draft pick Fernando Monge, who trained with the Impact during preseason, were cut by the club, while no decision has yet been made with goalkeeper Brad Stuver who was picked up in the second round of the draft. Stuver was not present at Impact training on Monday, which leaves room to believe that the club could enter into talks with academy goalkeeper and Canadian Under-20 international Maxime Crepeau. 

Zakaria Messoudi, who has also been training with the first team, has recently signed a one-year contract extension with the Impact's academy team and is expected to remain there this year.

The Impact's eight overall draft pick Blake Smith was signed on Monday.