Aron Mkungilwa (left) and Thomas Meilleur-Giguère (right). Photo: Montreal Impact)
The Canadian content of Paul Dalglish’s squad jumped to eight on Friday, with the signing of Montreal Impact defenders Thomas Meilleur-Giguère and Aron Mkungilwa, pending League and Federation approval.
Meilleur-Giguère is a native of Repentigny, Quebec that led the Impact U18 Academy to a first place finish in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2014-15 before making his professional debut with FC Montreal in 2016 featuring in 21 USL contests.
The 6-foot defender participated in training sessions with Bologna F.C. 1909 in Serie A. While playing numerous times for the Canadian U-18 squad in 2014 and 2015, Meilleur-Giguère was nominated for Canada's U20 player of the year in 2016, playing six games for his country.
He will have the opportunity to add to that total as he was recently named to the Canadian Men's National Under-20 squad that will participate in the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship in San José, Costa Rica from February 17 to March 5.
“Thomas is one of the most highly rated young players in Canada at this moment and time,” said Fury FC GM and Head Coach Paul Dalglish. “He was a finalist for Canada's U20 player of the year award in 2016 and we’re excited to have him. He will add depth to our centre back position and we hope he continues his development with us.”
Mkungilwa is a Canadian defender and is no stranger to the USL having featured in 28 games for FC Montreal in the USL for the past two years.
After spending four years with the Impact Academy, Mkungilwa inked his first professional contract with their USL side for the latter half of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old also made one appearance for the Canadian U17 National Team in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
“Aron is a talented young player with national team experience,” said Dalglish. “He’s going to come in and compete for minutes in our squad, as well as adding depth. I’m very happy because we are bringing in two real-high quality players at the early part of their career.”
With Week 2 of their training camp drawing to a close, Fury FC will face local side Ottawa Internationals in a closed door friendly Friday night (open to media), before traveling to Florida on Sunday for a week-long camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton with preseason fixtures against Saint Louis FC (February 21), OKC Energy (February 23) and FC Cincinnati (February 25).
Ottawa Fury FC open the USL season April 1 in Saint Louis with their All-Canadian home opener set for April 22 against Toronto FC II. Season tickets for the 2017 USL season are now on-sale at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
Name: Thomas Meilleur-Giguère
Pronunciation: May-yehr Gee-gair
Age (DOB): 19 (November 13, 1997)
Name: Aron Mkungilwa
Pronunciation: Air-ron Muh-kun-gill-wah
Age (DOB): 20 (May 3, 1996)
2017 Fury FC Roster
GK – Callum Irving – Vancouver, B.C **
GK – Andrew MacRae – Coldbrook, NS **
GK - David Paulmin – Ste-Thérèse, QC **
D – Andrae Campbell – Portmore, Jamaica
D – Eddie Edward – Ottawa, ON **
D – Ramon Martin Del Campo – Chula Vista, CA
D – Shane McEleney – Derry, N.Ireland
D – Thomas Meilleur-Giguère – Repentigny, QC **
D – Aron Mkungilwa - South Kivu, DRC **
D – Onua Obasi – Birmingham, England
D – Kyle Venter – Aurora, CO
M – Jonathan Barden – London, England
M – Gerardo Bruna – Mendoza, Argentina
M – Jamar Dixon – Ottawa, ON **
M – Sergio Manessio – London, England
M – Lance Rozeboom – Walker, IA
M – Ryan Williams – Birkenhead, England
F – Steevan Dos Santos – Mindelo, Cape Verde
F – Carl Haworth – Barrie, ON **
F – Tucker Hume – Austin, Texas
F – Sito Seoane – La Coruña, Spain
** Denotes Canadians in the squad