HOW ACQUIRED: Selected No. 5 overall in 2017 SuperDraft.
The physically-imposing, 23-year-old center back played in seven matches during his 2017 rookie year, as well as featuring in three of the Crew's playoff contests. The second year Columbus man will look to marry his athleticism and experience to further develop his game in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Abubakar has international experience playing for the Ghana Under-20 National Team.
COLLEGE: Abubakar played three seasons at the University of Dayton, making 61 appearances (60 starts), scoring four goals and recording six assists during his time there. He was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Defender of the Year, making the Second Team NSCAA All-Midwest Region and the First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference his senior year (2016). The previous year, the defender was named the Dayton Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning First Team All-Ohio and First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team honors (2015). In his first season with the Dayton Flyers, Abubakar made the Second Team All-Ohio and the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team (2014).