The Mississauga MetroStars, the newest team in the Major Arena Soccer League (and the only Canadian one) have signed former Toronto FC forward Mo Babouli.
Babouli, 25, had been playing with Al-Ittihad in Aleppo, Syria, after Toronto FC waived him in April 2017, but he has decided to join the MetroStars for their inaugural season, alongside some other Toronto FC alumni.
TFC, MLS, and Canadian men’s national team legend Dwayne De Rosario is the marquee player for the MetroStars, and he has drawn some eyes toward the arrival of arena soccer in Canada. His arrival, along with the signings of former TFC player Adrian Cann and Anthony Osorio (whenever he recovers from his nasty ACL injury), and now Babouli, will draw fans to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre whenever they crave some live footy action over the winter months.
Like Anthony Osorio currently does, Babouli may opt to play for the MetroStars during the winter and play for another team during the summer (Osorio currently plays for the MetroStars and League 1 Ontario’s Vauhgan Azzurri). There is some speculation (or hope) on social media that Mo will play in the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League, an option that he should certainly consider if he goes down Osorio’s route.
The MetroStars kick off their season on Saturday, December 1, when they visit the Baltimore Blast. Their first-ever home game will take place exactly one week after that when they host the Florida Tropics at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.