The Portland Timbers announced on Tuesday that they have signed defender Larrys Mabiala to a multi-year contract extension, fulfilling yet another one of their goals for the offseason.
Mabiala has been a part of the club since 2017, when he joined from Kayserispor in the Turkish first division. The 33-year-old defender has nine goals and two assists in 99 appearances (97 starts) across all competitions and also started for the Timbers squad that played in MLS Cup in 2018.
Mabiala had a solid 2020 for the Timbers, appearing in 22 games (20 starts) across all competitions and tallying two goals and one assist. Mabiala scored a goal in the Timbers’ 2-1 victory over Orlando City in the MLS is Back Tournament Final and was also one of four Timbers players named to the MLS is Back Tournament Best XI.
You can read the full press release here.
Quotes on his signing:
Larrys Mabiala on his contract extension...
“I am very happy to renew my contract here with the Portland Timbers and it wouldn’t be possible without my family. I’m so blessed to extend my journey with such an incredible organization from top to bottom, which includes the front office and the coaching staff, and getting to work every day with my teammates. I’m focused on putting in the work to bring another trophy to the Rose City.”
Gavin Wilkinson, Portland Timbers GM and president of soccer...
“Larrys is a quality, proven player in MLS and a leader in the locker room who provides valuable experience and knowledge of the league. We are thrilled that Larrys and his family will continue to call Portland home.”
Giovanni Savarese, Portland Timbers head coach...
“We feel very excited that Larrys will continue to be part of the Portland Timbers family. He is a veteran defender who is a strong leader on and off the field. His quality as a player will continue to contribute to the Timbers’ success.”