HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Stromsgodset on January 24, 2017.
PRONUNCIATION: mo-HAHM-ed AH-boo
Abu is a talented, technical player who saw match time in 20 games during 2017, including 14 starts. With a different look to Columbus' personnel in 2018, Abu should compete to be an even larger part of the midfield rotation.
INTERNATIONAL: Abu has earned three caps for the Ghana National Team, making his debut in a 2-0 win against Sudan in an Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier on October 8, 2011. He was among those called up for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and made two appearances (one start) during the tournament, including starting for Ghana in the Third Place Match against Mali.
OUTSIDE MLS: The 26-year-old midfielder has made 163 professional appearances (154 starts) across all competitions in Spain, France and Norway, scoring five goals and providing three assists. His previous experience includes playing for Stromsgodset IF in Norway’s Eliteserien, spending time in France’s First Division – Ligue 1 – with FC Lorient and featuring for Rayo Vallecano in La Liga – Spain’s topflight.