HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Stromsgodset on January 24, 2017.
PRONUNCIATION: mo-HAHM-ed AH-boo
Abu is a talented, technical player that should will fit well into Columbus' system and style of play. He should battle Tony Tchani and Wil Trapp for playing time in the center of midfield.
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 25-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.