As promised by team president Joey Saputo, the Montreal Impact signed a versatile South American player on Thursday.The Montreal Impact made their second move of the season on Thursday, acquring Argentinian forward and winger Andrés Fabricio Romero from Brazilian third division side Tombense FC on loan until December 2013. As per club and MLS policy, further details of the contract have not been disclosed.
President Joey Saputo had said through his Twitter account last week that the club was looking at the possibility of signing a South American player, while sporting director Nick De Santis told reporters that the Impact were looking for a versatile player that could play both in the attack and on the outside of midfield.
"We've been talking about looking for an attacking player, a forward/winger, that is versatile and Romero fits that role," De Santis stated via a club press release. "He's played at a very high level in Argentina and Brazil. He's at a good age and now it's up to him to acclimatize to a new style of soccer. I think he's going to bring a lot of speed and good technical qualities that will help make this team better."
Romero made a total of 15 appearances in 2012 with Criciúma Esporte Clube and Clube Náutico Capibaribe in the first and second divisions of Brazil. Before his time in Brazil, he spent three-and-a-half seasons with Argentinos Juniors in the Argentinian first division, where he made a total of 40 appearances, notching four goals and four assists.
Romero also played with the Argentian under-20 national team and played five games in the South American U-20 championship in 2008, before the team was knocked out of the tournament in the semi-finals.
The Impact now have nine international players signed up in the current roster, which leaves the club with two unused international spots. Romero travelled to Florida on Thursday with the team.