MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday the acquisition of Uganda international midfielder Micheal Azira, from the Colorado Rapids, in return for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. He will join the club upon receiving his international transfer certificate.
“Micheal is a player who has quite a bit of experience within MLS as well as on the international level,” said Impact technical director Adam Braz. “He is a defensive central midfielder who will provide us with depth in an important position. We look forward to Micheal joining up with the team next week.”
Azira, 30, has played five seasons in MLS with the Seattle Sounders FC and Colorado Rapids, appearing in 91 regular season games, including 73 starts, and 6,680 minutes. He started at least 30 games and played more than 2,500 minutes in the two previous seasons, in 2016 and 2017, with the Rapids.
He has also played eight MLS Cup Playoff games, including three starts, and 324 minutes, and 10 U.S. Open Cup games.
At the international level, Azira has played four games with the Uganda national team, making his senior debut on November 12, 2016, against Congo. He also played two games in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Azira holds his American green card and does not count as an international player.
Transaction: The Montreal Impact acquires midfielder Micheal Azira, from the Colorado Rapids, in return for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
Weight: 160 lbs
Date of Birth: August 22, 1987, Kampala, Uganda
Last club: Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Acquisition: August 8, 2018