Canadian Premier League side York United FC have signed former Toronto and Forge FC forward Mo Baboli until 2024.
Babuli, 29, who was born in Syria but lives in Mississauga, Ont. Came to, when he was three years old, left Forge in January to join Muaither FC in Qatar’s second division.
Baboli joined the Toronto FC academy in 2014, making his debut with the MLS team’s first team in April 2016. He made 16 league appearances for TFC that season with one assist.
He then played for Al-Tahad SC Aleppo (2017–18) and Ligue 1 Ontario Sigma FC (2017) in Syria.
Baboli joined Forge in August 2020, with 12 goals and six assists in 43 appearances over two seasons, Baboli helped the Hamilton-based side win the Island Games in 2020 and the Pacific in 2021. 2nd place to FC.
“Mo is a very creative, talented and experienced player who really wanted to join York United,” York manager Martin Nash said in a statement. “We are particularly pleased to have him for 2023 and 2024. He is one of the key pieces for our development.”
The move comes a week after York sold youngster Lowell Wright to Whitecaps FC 2, Vancouver’s entry in the MLS Next Pro League.
“It was important, with Lowell’s departure, to make sure we recruited a quality player,” York president and GM Angus McNabb said. “Equally, it was very important to bring in someone who was willing to commit to a deal that would ensure we had stability and certainty in our plan for Martin and the staff to build around.”