Montreal Impact sign former La Liga and Spain midfielder

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MLS side Montreal Impact have completed the signing of Gorka Larrea after the player had been training with the club for this past month before sorting out a contract.

Larrea was previously at Numancia before being snapped up by the MLS side on a contract of which the details have not been specified, however it seems that the Spaniard will not take up a designated player spot and thus his wage will count towards the leagues salary cap.

The 30-year old from San Sebastian started his career off with Real Sociedad and was an incredibly gifted prospect as a youngster, being part of the team that won the 2001 UEFA European U16 Championship, which included striker Fernando Torres, and also helped the Spanish U23 side win the 2005 Mediterranean Games.

Larrea has represented his national team at just about every single step bar actually making the full side, appearing for the under 17's, 19's and 21's to go along with the previously mentioned sides he won trophies with.

In addition to the National sides, on a club level the 5 ft 11 inch midfielder has played for Real Sociedad - coming up from the teams renowned youth academy - as well as Almeria, Levante and the aforementioned last team he was at, Numancia.

Despite spending a fair chunk of his career in the second division in Spain, Larrea is well accustomed to top flight football, having made multiple appearances in La Liga for Sociedad including matches against Real Madrid - as you can see in the photo above.

There is a growing contingent of Spanish players coming over to MLS. David Villa is set to star for New York City FC when they start in the league next season. Uri Rosell played for SPorting Kansas City before joining Sporting Clube de Portugal last week. 

Larrea joins a Montreal team that is struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a meagre 10 points to show from 12 games, the worst points total in MLS at the moment. He joins an Impact midfield that is full of foreign players already, and will be starring alongside Felipe Martins, Andres Romero, Justin Mapp and Hernan Bernardello. It is not known if he will be available for tonights game versus DC United.


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