Montreal Impact Academy midfielder Zakaria Messoudi signed a professional contract with the club on Tuesday.
Messoudi, who joined the Academy in 2010, has been training with the first team since the start of the season and was part of the group that travelled to Italy for the Impact's post-season tour last November.
"I am very excited to have signed my first pro contract with the club," said Messoudi. "In a way, it's a dream that is coming true as I've been a part of the club for over three years now and it is the culmination of a lot of hard work."
Messoudi has become the fifth Academy player to make the jump to MLS after Karl W. Ouimette, Maxim Tissot, Wandrille Lefèvre and Maxime Crépeau.
"We're extremely happy to have him officially on board," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "We are going to need depth on our roster going into the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League and with more MLS Reserve League games coming up. Even though he's only 19-years-old, he's never looked out of place around the first team. He's young and has a lot of potential."
In 2013, he played three games with the Canadian U20 National Team in February at the CONCACAF U20 Championship in Mexico.
"Zakaria is a very creative player. He finds solutions on the pitch that others don't see," noted Impact Academy director Philippe Eullaffroy. "He's worked really hard to find discipline in his game and has forced himself to become a better defensive player. He is now being compensated for all the hard work he's put in. He must maintain that effort in order to accelerate his development and continue his progress, but he's definitely on the right track."
Originally from Morocco, he moved to Canada with his family at 8-years-old and played is minor soccer with Montreal-Concordia AAA.