Wanderers complete goalkeeping tandem with signing of Jason Beaulieu
Halifax, N.S. - HFX Wanderers have signed a second goalkeeper for the 2020 season with the addition of former Montreal Impact academy keeper Jason Beaulieu.
25-year-old Beaulieu is a commanding presence between the sticks at 6 ft. 4 in.
His playing background includes an exceptional youth career with the highlight an MVP year, when he backstopped the Impact U 21 team to the Canadian Soccer League final.
Beaulieu signed his first professional deal with Montreal Impact's senior squad in 2018 and the keeper is now hoping to make his mark in the Canadian Premier League alongside a number of players he already knows well.
"I was excited to come and play with Louis Béland-Goyette, Peter Schaale and Alessandro Riggi and guys from the team last year told me amazing things about Halifax," Beaulieu said.
Having made Christian Oxner his first off-season signing, coach Stephen Hart has now made sure he has two keepers to push each other during the gruelling travel schedule the CPL season brings.
"He ticked all the boxes, we got good scouting reports about his attitude and professionalism, as well as his goalkeeping qualities," Hart said. "You want two quality players for each position and I thought he was the right fit."
Beaulieu has been set on becoming a goalkeeper since the age of 4 when he began to play for his local club FC Boisbriand.
He joined the Montreal Impact academy as a 16 year old, breaking into the U 21 age group when he was 18.
That was the year he led his team to the Canadian Soccer League final, recording 11 clean sheets during the season in which he was also named the team's MVP and defensive player of the year.
After that year, Beaulieu moved to the college level, where he played four seasons with the University of New Mexico
He appeared in 69 games with a record of 34 wins and 22 clean sheets.
A return to Montreal Impact happened in January 2018, lifting him to a different level, signing his first professional deal with the MLS team.
Beaulieu is now looking for a new challenge in the Canadian Premier League and hoping to fight for a starting place in Stephen Hart's team.
"That was another big part in my decision to be able to get a chance to play, as well as the fact there are a lot of people at the games and there's a lot of interest in Halifax, so I'm really excited," he said.
Beaulieu becomes the Wanderers sixteenth confirmed member of the club for the 2020 season.
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