We knew it was coming, and CF Montréal now officially have their new striker.
CFM announced on Wednesday that they have signed Uruguayan striker Matías Cóccaro from Argentinian first-division side CA Huracán. The 26-year-old has signed a three-year deal with two option years in 2027 and 2028, using targeted allocation money.
The financials of the deal were not confirmed but previous reports suggested Montréal would pay around $2 million USD for Cóccaro, who had 11 goals and four assists in 47 appearances in all competitions last season.
The man they call ‘El Zorro’ amassed 31 goals and seven assists in 110 games with Huracán since joining the club in 2021.
CF Montréal already have a new head coach in place for 2024 and a sold-out season ticket allocation, and they now have the man that Laurent Courtois will hope can spearhead his attack with great effect in 2024.
They need a goalscorer badly.
Only three teams in MLS scored fewer goals in league play in 2023 than CFM’s 36 goals in 34 games. Their top scorer in the league last season was hometown midfielder Mathieu Choinière with just five goals.
Romell Quioto, their top goalscorer in 2020, 2021, and 2022, has left and the club’s existing options in attack — Mahala Opoku, Ibrahim Sunusi, Chinonso Offor, Jules-Anthony Vilsaint, and Mason Toye — scored just 15 MLS goals between the five of them last season.
Cóccaro is CFM’s sixth signing of the offseason after winger Raheem Edwards, defenders Ruan and Joaquín Sosa, goalkeeper Sebastian Breza, and Bulgarian international midfielder Dominik Yankov, who arrived earlier this week.
Related read: MLS trade tracker 2023-24: All the offseason deals involving CF Montréal, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps & Canadian players
CF Montreal’s 2024 MLS season kicks off on Feb. 24 in Orlando. They do not play their home opener at Stade Saputo until April 13 against 2023 Supporters Shield winners FC Cincinnati.