Molham Babouli

Molham "Mo" Babouli (Arabic: ملهم بابولي; born January 2, 1993) is a Canadian soccer player who plays for FC Ukraine United in the Canadian Soccer League.

Molham Babouli
Babouli in 2014
Personal information
Full name Molham Babouli
Date of birth (1993-01-02) January 2, 1993
Place of birth Al Ain, United Arab Emirates[1]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Ukraine United
Youth career
Dixie SC
2014 Toronto FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 GPC Jaguars
2013–2014 Sheridan Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Toronto FC III 16 (21)
2015 Toronto FC II 20 (4)
2016–2017 Toronto FC 16 (0)
2016Toronto FC II (loan) 6 (0)
2017 Sigma FC 6 (5)
2017–2018 Al-Ittihad 25 (7)
2018–2019 Canada MetroStars[2] (indoor) 22 (21)
2019– FC Ukraine United 4 (9)
National team
2015–2016 Canada U23 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, , 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Club career

Toronto FC

Babouli spent time at Sheridan College before joining the TFC Academy in 2014. He played with the senior academy side in the inaugural season of League1 Ontario, where he led the league in scoring with 26 goals in all competitions.[3] TFC Academy would go on to win the regular season title.[4]

On March 12, 2015, Babouli signed his first professional contract with Toronto FC II ahead of their inaugural season in the USL.[5] He made his professional debut against the Charleston Battery on March 21, and scored his first goal for the club in the same match.[6] His performance in the match was rewarded with a USL team of the week appearance on March 24.[7]

On March 5, 2016, Babouli signed with Toronto FC.[8] He made his MLS debut against Sporting Kansas City on March 20, as a substitute for Tsubasa Endoh. He returned to Toronto FC II on loan ahead of the 2016 USL season. On April 21, 2017, the club announced that Babouli had been placed on waivers.[9]

Sigma FC

Babouli signed with Sigma following his release from TFC. He scored a goal in his debut against Aurora July 8, 2017.[10]

Al-Ittihad

In September 2017, Babouli joined Syrian club Al-Ittihad.[11]

Mississauga/Canada MetroStars

Babouli signed for MASL club Mississauga MetroStars ahead of their inaugural season on November 2, 2018.[12]In his debut season in the MASL he was named the Newcomer of the Year.[13] Babouli was announced as the MetroStars' new team captain ahead of the 2019-20 MASL season.

Ukraine United

Babouli played in the Canadian Soccer League for the 2019 season with FC Ukraine United. In his debut match on September 8, 2019 he recorded four goals against Brantford Galaxy.[14]He recorded his second hat-trick on October 1, 2019 against Real Mississauga SC.[15] As a result finished as the club's top goalscorer with nine goals.[15]

In the opening match of the postseason Babouli scored against Hamilton City SC, and advanced to the next round after a penalty shootout.[16]In the semifinal he contributed another goal in a 5-3 victory against SC Waterloo Region, and advanced to the CSL Championship.[17]He featured in the finals against Scarborough SC, but in a losing effort.[18]

International career

Babouli made his debut for the Canadian program with the U23 side at the 2015 Pan American Games. He played his first match against Brazil's U23 side and scored a goal in a 4-1 defeat.[19] Babouli was named to the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship team on September 18, 2015.[20]

Personal life

In April 2018, Babouli was detained by the Syrian Military police upon obtaining the Syrian Identity Card, due to the fact that each Syrian male has to do the mandatory military service.[21] He was released days later after paying the fee required for the exemption of the military duties.[22]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 20 October 2017[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Playoffs[lower-alpha 1] National Cup[lower-alpha 2] Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Toronto FC II 2015 USL 20400204
Toronto FC 2016 MLS 1600040200
Toronto FC II (loan) 2016 USL 600060
Sigma FC 2017 League1 Ontario 75000075
Al-Ittihad 2017 Syrian Premier League 2570031288
Career total 4990040539
  1. Includes MLS Cup matches.
  2. Includes Canadian Championship matches.

Honours

Sheridan College

  • CCAA National Championship: 2014

Toronto FC

References

  1. Canada Soccer bio
  2. Formerly known as Mississauga MetroStars until the 2019–20 season.
  3. "Scoring leaders (as of October 1, 2014)". Archived from the original on March 27, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  4. "TFC Academy Triumphs". October 4, 2014.
  5. "Toronto FC II announces signing of eight players". March 12, 2015.
  6. Hylton, Kamal (March 21, 2015). "Match Recap: TFC II vs. Charleston".
  7. "Babouli named to USL team of the week". March 24, 2015.
  8. "Toronto FC Sign Molham Babouli". March 5, 2016.
  9. "Toronto FC Waive Mo Babouli". April 21, 2017.
  10. "Striker talent on display in League1 Ontario goal-fest". Ontario Soccer.
  11. Platt, Oliver (September 23, 2017). "Former Toronto FC striker Mo Babouli joins Syrian club Al-Ittihad".
  12. "MISSISSAUGA METROSTARS SIGN FORMER TORONTO FC FORWARD MO BABOULI". November 2, 2018.
  13. Husted, Jeff (May 4, 2019). "MASL ANNOUNCES MAJOR INDIVIDUAL POSTSEASON AWARDS. - Major Arena Soccer League". www.maslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  14. Adamson, Stan (September 9, 2019). "NEW ARRIVAL BABOULI STRIKES FOUR FOR UKRAINE UTD – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  15. Adamson, Stan (October 1, 2019). "UKRAINE UTD END ON WINNING NOTE…Hamilton City in playoffs – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  16. Adamson, Stan (October 13, 2019). "UKRAINE UTD DEFEAT HAMILTON IN QUARTERFINALS….Playoffs Update – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  17. Adamson, Stan (October 20, 2019). "FC UKRAINE UNITED VICTORY…..Will meet Scarborough in final – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  18. Adamson, Stan (October 26, 2019). "SCARBOROUGH ON TOP…..Vorkuta B wins Second Division Championship – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  19. Squizzato, Daniel (July 12, 2015). "Stylish Brazil makes Canadian men suffer in Pan Am football".
  20. "Canada M23 picks players for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers". September 18, 2015.
  21. "ملهم بابولي.. من كندا إلى نادي الاتحاد إلى الخدمة العسكرية". enab baladi (in Arabic). 19 April 2018.
  22. "النظام السوري يفرج عن لاعب الاتحاد ملهم بابولي". enab baladi (in Arabic). 21 April 2018.
  23. "M. Babouli Summary". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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