HOW ACQUIRED: Selected No. 5 overall by Columbus in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Loaned to the Colorado Rapids for the 2019 season. Traded to Colorado permanently on November 19, 2019.
The physically-imposing 25-year-old center back made 22 league appearances for Colorado last year, helping take the Rapids defense from woeful to solid and was one of the biggest intraleague loan success stories in MLS history. The Ghanaian has made 53 MLS regular-season appearances in his career to date, scoring two goals from central defense.
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).