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Abubakar was loaned from Columbus to Colorado on May 8 for $125,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, only to carve out a key role at the Western Conference club. The Ghanaian, 24, started 22 games as the Rapids climbed out of an 0-9-2 hole to start the year.
BREAKING: #Rapids96 are willing to spend a lot of money to bring Lalas Abubakar back to Colorado. Abubakar wants to stay in Colorado, but #Crew96 haven't made any final decisions- and have received bids from multiple MLS teams. https://t.co/qJAuv97ltJ— Ben Ferree (@ben_ferree) October 11, 2019
He was acquired after Colorado parted ways with head coach Anthony Hudson, then helped the club finish 12-7-4 under interim coach Conor Casey and current manager Robin Fraser. They narrowly missed the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, though were in contention until a Decision Day presented by AT&T finale against LAFC.
Abubakar entered MLS in 2017 as the SuperDraft's No. 5 overall selection. He went on to make 31 appearances with the Crew, mainly under head coach Gregg Berhalter. When Berhalter left to manage the US men’s national team, he found a decreased role under Caleb Porter.
Should the move materialize, it’d rival when Ike Opara went from Sporting Kansas City to Minnesota United last winter for $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. The 2017 MLS Defender of the Year has been a pillar in Minnesota’s first playoff berth.