HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on June 26, 2017 using Targeted Allocation Money.
Mabiala provides a strong, physical presence at the center back position. In his first full season in Portland, he became the Timbers first-choice center back in 2018, starting 31 regular season matches and four more in the MLS Cup playoffs. He was a set-piece specialist, scoring five goals and adding an assist.
INTERNATIONAL: At the international level, Mabiala has made 12 appearances for the Democratic Republic of the Congo National Team, starting in six 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, while also making two appearances (2 starts) in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
OUTSIDE MLS: Mabiala joined Portland with 201 professional appearances since making his debut in France’s Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain in 2007. A native of Montfermeil, France, Mabiala comes to Portland after spending the past six seasons in the Turkish Super League with first-division clubs Karabükspor and Kayserispor, making 162 appearances (160 starts) in Turkey’s top flight. Additionally, Mabiala has made a combined eight appearances (5 starts) in the UEFA Europa League with Paris Saint-Germain and Karabükspor.