2019 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Mbaizo has made three appearances (two starts) for the Union this season, with two at rightback and one at right midfield, totaling one assist ... came on as a substitute at right midfield for his 2019 debut, helping close out the win vs. Columbus (March 23) ... made his first start of the season at Vancouver (April 27) at rightback ... in his second consecutive start, vs. Cincinnati (May 1), registered his first career MLS assist with the game-winning helper on Kacper Przybylko's goal ... missed the stretch of matches from at New England (June 26) through at Montreal (July 27) with a left knee meniscus/LCL sprain and resulting meniscectomy recovery ... was called up by the Cameroon U-23s ahead of the Third Round of qualifying for the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, with the first match at Cameroon (September 6) and the second at Tunisia (September 10); he started both matches, providing the game-winning assist in the first, as Cameroon won the tie and qualified for the tournament ... made one appearance in the Open Cup, starting the Fourth Round match at D.C. United (June 12) ... for Bethlehem, Mbaizo has made seven appearances (seven starts), with six appearances at rightback and one at centerback, scoring one goal ... scored from the spot vs. Birmingham (August 25).
2018 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Mbaizo made one appearance (one start) at rightback for Philadelphia, making his club and league debut with a start in a clean sheet win over Sporting KC (September 23). For Bethlehem Steel FC, he made 22 regular-season appearances (22 starts) at rightback, totaling two assists, both as part of a 3-0 road shutout win at Richmond (August 4) for which he was named to the USL Team of the Week (Week 21) for his efforts. He helped keep a clean sheet in the postseason-clinching win over Tampa Bay (October 14) and started Steel FC's postseason matches at Pittsburgh (October 20) and at Louisville (October 27).
2017 (Rainbow FC): Mbaizo played with Rainbow FC in 2017, making 10 appearances with the Cameroonian club, collecting four assists.
2016 (Union Douala): As a member of Union Douala, he started in two matches in 2016 CAF Champions League, where the club fell on aggregate to Egyptian Premier League side Zamalek SC. Mbaizo helped the club to 12 shutouts during the 34-match regular season and guided them to a fourth-place finish in the table.
Mbaizo has earned one senior international cap for Cameroon. He made his debut for the Indomitable Lions with a substitute appearance in a friendly vs. Gabon on September 6, 2016. Last year, he appeared with Cameroon’s U-20s for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. He started all three matches and played every minute of the team’s Group Stage. Mbaizo scored a goal in their second match of the tournament, a 4-1 victory over Sudan on March 2, 2017.
With the Union, he received his first call-up after the 2018 season, joining the Cameroon U-23s for qualification matches ahead of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. The team played Chad in a two-legged aggregate series in which Mbaizo started both contests, first at Cameroon (November 16) and then at Chad (November 21), advancing 4-1 on aggregate to next face Sierra Leone.
In 2019, he was again called up ahead of 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifying, this time in the Third Round, with the first match at Cameroon (September 6) and the second at Tunisia (September 10). He started both matches, providing the game-winning assist in the first, as Cameroon won the tie and qualified for the tournament.
Philadelphia Union signs defender Olivier Mbaizo on April 17, 2018. He will occupy an international roster spot for Philadelphia.
Name: Olivier Mbaizo (pronounced: O-LIV-ee-ay BYE-zoh)
Born: August 15, 1997 in Douala, Cameroon
Hometown: Douala, Cameroon
Acquired: Philadelphia Union signed defender Olivier Mbaizo on April 17, 2018
Previous Experience: Bethlehem Steel FC (2018), Rainbow FC (2017), Union Douala (2016)