Acquired by the Montreal Impact on July 25, 2019, with options to extend his loan through the 2020 MLS season.
Montreal’s loan agreement with Italian club Bologna FC 1909 is guaranteed for six months until December 31, 2019, using Targeted Allocation Money. The Impact have options to extend the loan until June 30, 2020, as well as until December 31, 2020.
Lappalainen, 20, joins the Impact after finishing atop HJK Helsinki with six goals since the start of the 2019 season, scoring three regular season goals, two goals in the UEFA Champions League and one in the Finnish Cup.
He previously played a season and a half on loan with Rovaniemen Palloseura, also in the Veikkausliiga, in 2017 and 2018, scoring a combined 12 goals in 39 regular season games and three goals in five Finnish cup games. He concluded the 2018 season tied for 10th in the league with eight goals.
After developing through its Academy, Lappalainen played his first professional season with HJK Helsinki in the Veikkausliiga in 2016, appearing in 14 regular season games, one Finnish Cup game and four Finnish League Cup games.
At the international level, he has recorded two assists in five games with the Finland national team, making his senior debut on January 8, 2019, in a friendly game against Sweden. He recently appeared in three 2020 Euro qualification games. He also played with the U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 youth national teams.
He was transferred to Bologna FC 1909 from HKJ Helsinki on July 25.