HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on June 26, 2017 using Targeted Allocation Money.
Mabiala provides a strong, physical presence at the center back position. Starting 13 of the final 14 regular season matches after arriving during the second half of 2017, Mabiala looks set to challenge for a starting role at the center of Portland's backline this year.
INTERNATIONAL: At the international level, Mabiala has made nine appearances (9 starts) 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 and a friendly appearance in 2008.
OUTSIDE MLS: Mabiala joins 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.