Impact sign top MLS defender Laurent Ciman through 2018
The Montreal Impact have signed reigning MLS Defender of the Year Laurent Ciman to an extension through 2018, the club announced on Friday.
Ciman won the award after helping turn Montreal's defense from one of the league's leakiest to one of its stingiest in his first MLS campaign, and the Belgium international pledged his future to the club for three more seasons. His initial contract was set to expire after 2017.
"We are very pleased to have extended Laurent's contract for an extra year,” Impact technical director Adam Braz said in a club statement. “Laurent and his family indicated that they felt great in the city and in the club. There was a mutual desire to extend his time with the club.”
Ciman's arrival at the club coincided with an improvement in goals conceded of 14 (58 in 2014, 44 in 2015). The 30-year-old center back also had two goals and two assists in the regular season (and one assist in the playoffs), and he's eyeing a place at Euro 2016 for Belgium, the world's top-ranked team, after representing his nation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.