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Ex-Toronto FC midfielder Daniel Lovitz joins Montreal Impact

The 2014 draft pick is staying in Canada for the 2017 season.

MLS: Montreal Impact vs D.C. United Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Lovitz has earned an MLS job for the 2017 season with the Montreal Impact.

Lovitz looked likely to drop into the USL or NASL this year after being released by Toronto FC on the back of an underwhelming season, but will instead line up as an Eastern Conference rival of the Reds in the big league.

The versatile 25-year-old signs a one-year contract with Montreal with a club option for an extra two years after joining the Impact for preseason.

“We are happy to sign Daniel after watching him integrate well with our group during our training camp in St. Petersburg,” Impact technical director Adam Braz said. “He is a versatile player with MLS experience that will provide depth to our backline.”

Montreal are describing Lovitz as a defender, where he did not play much for Toronto aside from a couple of stints at wing-back. Given the Pennsylvania native has shown limited upside at the MLS level as an attacking player, however, converting him to left-back may not be a bad idea.

Lovitz made 41 appearances for Toronto after being drafted 24th overall out of Elon University in 2014.