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Crew SC continues moves; loans talented Lalas Abubakar to Colorado Rapids

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Black & Gold send defender Lalas Abubakar on season-long loan to Colorado in exchange for $125,000 in Targeted Allocation Money

 

Lalas Abubakar 2017 photo by andywitchger, https commons.wikimedia.org

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC on May 8 announced that the it has acquired $125,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) from the Colorado Rapids. In exchange, Crew SC sent defender Lalas Abubakar on loan for the remainder of the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

“We believe that this MLS season-long loan will give Lalas the opportunity to gain valuable minutes,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “The Targeted Allocation Money we have received in exchange will benefit us as we continue to shape our roster.”

Abubakar, 24, was selected by the Crew in the First Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, with the fifth overall pick. To date, he has made 31 regular-season appearances (27 starts) and scored two goals for the Black & Gold. Prior to joining Crew SC, Abubakar played three seasons at the University of Dayton from 2014-2016, making 61 appearances (60 starts), scoring four goals and recording six assists during his time there.
TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquired $125,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from the Colorado Rapids. In exchange, the Black & Gold sent defender Lalas Abubakar on loan to Colorado for the remainder of the 2019 MLS season. The announcement was made on May 8, 2019.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz