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Colorado Rapids Acquire Centerback Lalas Abubakar from Columbus Crew SC on a One-Year Loan

May 8, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the acquisition of defender Lalas Abubakar on a one-year loan from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $125,000 in 2019 Targeted Allocation Money.

"We are pleased to bring in a young and athletic defender in Lalas," said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. "He is a quick and physical centerback with good experience in the league."

Abubakar joins Colorado after spending two full seasons with Crew SC where he notched 31 appearances and scored two goals. He was selected in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus. He is coming off a 2018 MLS campaign where he started in 20 matches and made 23 total appearances, his most in a single season.

The 6-foot centerback from the University of Dayton was named the USL PDL Defender of the Year in 2016 and has international experience with the Ghana U-20 National Team.

The Rapids are home this weekend to face Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake on May 11 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. MT. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by going to https://www.coloradorapids.com/tickets.

Please visit the club's official website at ColoradoRapids.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids - May 8, 2019 - Colorado Rapids have acquired defender Lalas Abubakar on a one-year loan from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $125,000 in 2019 Targeted Allocation Money.

Full Name: Lalas Abubakar

Pronunciation: Lah-las ah-BOO-bah-car

Age: 24

Position: Defender

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 180 lbs.

Birth Date: December 25, 1994

Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana

Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana

MLS Roster Status: Domestic


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