HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on April 17, 2018. Contract option for 2020 season exercised on Nov. 20, 2019.
Mbaizo signed with Bethlehem Steel prior to the 2018 season but was able to earn a contract with the Union after a strong performance in preseason. Now he could be poised for a breakout season as the Union's first choice right back.
INTERNATIONAL: Mbaizo has worked his way up the Cameroonian national team ladder, starting with the Under-17s in 2014, and he has most recently earned a call-up for training with the senior team. Last year, he appeared with Cameroon’s U-20’s for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. He started all three matches and played every minute of the team’s Group Stage. Mbaizo scored a goal in their second match of the tournament, a 4-1 victory over Sudan on March 2, 2017.
OUTSIDE MLS: Mbaizo made 22 starts at right back for Bethlehem Steel in 2018, totaling two assists. In his native Cameroon he played for Rainbow FC and Union Douala. In 2017 with Rainbow FC, Mbaizo made 10 appearances as a defender and registered four assists. Prior to joining the club, the 20-year-old played with Union Douala of the MTN Elite One League in Cameroon. While with Douala, he started in two matches of the 2016 CAF Champions League, where the club fell on aggregate to Egyptian Premier League side Zamalek SC. Mbaizo helped the club to 12 shutouts during the 34-match regular season and guided them to a fourth-place finish in the table.