Toronto FC has officially exercised the contract option for towering center-back Aime Mabika, confirming the news on Friday. The decision comes after ongoing discussions with the defender, solidifying his place in the squad for the upcoming 2024 MLS season.
Aime Mabika, standing at six-foot-six, proved to be a valuable asset for Toronto in the previous season, making 21 appearances with 17 starts. The 25-year-old defender, who earned US$93,570 this season, adds depth to Toronto's defensive lineup.
Mabika joins the ranks of defenders Kobe Franklin, Shane O’Neill, Raoul Petretta, Sigurd Rosted, and Luke Singh, all set to contribute to the team's defensive prowess.
Originally acquired in late April from Inter Miami, Toronto FC traded US$100,000 in general allocation money for Mabika, with an additional US$100,000 in allocation money contingent on specific performance-based metrics. The defender arrived with contract options for both the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Toronto's decision to retain Mabika underscores his importance to the team's defensive strategies and signals their commitment to building a strong roster for the upcoming season. As the club continues to shape its 2024 squad, Mabika's inclusion adds a defensive stalwart to Toronto FC's arsenal.