TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
The 19-year-old Columbus, Ohio, native started every match for Virginia in his only collegiate season, making 17 appearances and scoring once while helping the Cavaliers to a 10-4-3 record and a run to the third round of the 2018 NCAA College Cup. He also earned a place on the ACC's All-Freshman team.
“We are excited to officially welcome Aboubacar to the first team, as he has long been a part of the Columbus Crew SC family,” team president Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “It’s always a proud moment for the club when an academy player is able to make the transition onto the first team, and it reinforces our belief about the long-term importance of investing in and developing Academy talent. This is a special day for Aboubacar, the Keita family and for the Crew.”
Keita played for the Crew SC Academy from 2016-2018, making 43 appearances between the U-17/18 and U-18/19 squads. He has also featured as a youth international, most recently earning a call into the US U-20 training camp this month.