Valour Adds Jordan Tisseur
The Louis Riel Day celebrations in Manitoba perhaps overshadowed the first U SPORTS contract signing of the 2023 Canadian Premier League season.
Winnipeg’s Valour FC announced that it has signed goalkeeper Jordan Tisseur to a U SPORTS contract, with the 22-year-old returning to a professional environment after helping FC Laval to a PLSQ Championship last season and, more recently, showcasing himself against CF Montreal in a preseason friendly with the PLSQ All-Stars.
Tisseur had tasted the professional level in 2019 when he signed for now-defunct USL Championship side Ottawa Fury, having graduated from the CF Montreal Academy before that. That year also saw him feature for a Quebec U-21 selects team that went up against an Ontario equivalent in an event organized by the CPL.
He later underwent trials abroad in Europe before enrolling with the Universite de Montreal and featuring for the Carabins, helping them to a bronze finish at the U SPORTS National Championship last year.
“We’ve been following him for a little bit,” revealed Valour FC head coach Phillip Dos Santos. “He’s someone who is already used to a professional environment through the pro academy of CF Montreal. He fits the profile of what we wanted.”
The six-foot-two goalkeeper will now be competing with six-foot-seven figure of Rayane Yesli between the sticks. The 2022 CPL season was a big one for Yesli, who accrued four clean sheets in ten appearances, muscling CF Montreal loanee Jonathan Sirois out of a starting position for a time, now earning the number one nod for 2023.
A U SPORTS contract like Tisseur’s typically allows an undergraduate student athlete to feature with a professional CPL side until mid-August of the season, at which point they either sign a pro deal with the club or return to their university with their U SPORTS eligibility intact.
That means that if Valour doesn’t bring in another keeper, come the fall they’ll be back down to one on the books – though they’ve leaned on fill-in developmental keepers before.