After many years of debate, the MLS finally changed the parameters regarding the status of Canadian players in the United States. By the 2017 season they will no longer be an international player if they have become members of an MLS Academy or an approved Canadian youth club before the age of 16.
Another criterion: they must sign a first professional contract with the MLS or with a USL club affiliated to a team of the Garber circuit. This change in regulations allows nine Canadian players to no longer have the international player label in the United States. At the Impact, this involves two young midfielders David Choinière and Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla.
The announcement was made yesterday afternoon just before the return match of the Toronto FC-Impact final. Other measures, such as the extension of the Generation Adidas program in Canada, have also been announced.