Lalas Abubakar

Alhassan "Lalas" Abubakar (born December 25, 1994) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids.

Lalas Abubakar
Abubakar with Columbus in 2017
Personal information
Full name Alhassan Abubakar
Date of birth (1994-12-25) December 25, 1994
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 6
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 University of Ghana
2014–2016 Dayton Flyers 61 (4)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Charlotte Eagles 14 (2)
2016 Michigan Bucks 12 (0)
2017–2019 Columbus Crew SC 31 (2)
2017Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) 5 (0)
2019Colorado Rapids (loan) 22 (0)
2020– Colorado Rapids 0 (0)
National team
Ghana U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 6, 2019



From 2014 to 2016, Abubakar attended the University of Dayton, where he played for the men's soccer team. Over three seasons, he made sixty one appearances for the team, scoring four times and assisting six times. In the 2015 season, Abubakar won the A-10 Championship with Dayton, and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.[1] In the 2016 season, Abubakar was named the Defensive Player of the Year,[2] and was also named in the A10 Men's Soccer All-Conference First Team.[3]

In the 2015 PDL season, Abubakar played for the Charlotte Eagles,[4] where the team was undefeated in the regular season.[5] He was named in the Eastern Conference Team, and was a finalist for the PDL's Young Player of the Year, losing out to Timothy Mueller. In the 2016 PDL season, Abubakar played for the Michigan Bucks,[4] where the team won the Great Lakes Division (Central Conference) and the PDL Championship.[1] Abubakar was named the PDL Defender of the Year,[6] and was also named in the All-League Team.[7]


Columbus Crew SC

On January 13, 2017, Abubakar was drafted by Columbus Crew SC as their first-round draft pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, and the fifth draft pick overall.[8] During his first season in Columbus, Abubakar split time with Columbus and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in what is now the USL Championship.[9] In total, Abubakar made 15 appearances during his first professional season; 10 with Columbus and 5 with Pittsburgh.[9] Moreover, during his rookie season, he scored his first professional goal on August 19, 2017 against Orlando City SC.

In 2018, Abubakar played in 23 games, scoring 1 goal.[10] However, despite Abubakar's uptick in appearances, his performances were largely considered inconsistent and he was relegated to a reserve role for new Columbus coach Caleb Porter in 2019.[10] Due to this, and Columbus's depth in the center-back position, Abubakar was sent out to fellow MLS side, the Colorado Rapids. This was a move, that paid off in strides for all parties. Abubakar made 22 appearances for Colorado, while becoming the team's Defender of the Year and helping the resurgent Colorado side make a late season playoff push that ultimately fell short.[11][12]

Colorado Rapids

On 20 November 2019, Abubakar's stay at Colorado was made permanent, when he was traded by Columbus in exchange for $400,000 of General Allocation Money and an international roster spot.[13]

International career

Abubakar has been called up to represent Ghana at under-20 level.[1]

Career statistics

As of October 6, 2019[14][15]
Club Season League Playoffs[lower-alpha 1] Cup Continental Total
Charlotte Eagles 2015[16] PDL 14221163
Michigan Bucks 2016[17] PDL 1204010170
Columbus Crew SC 2017 MLS 713000101
2018 2311010251
2019 100010
Total 312401000362
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) 2017 USL 500050
Colorado Rapids (loan) 2019 MLS 2200010230
Career total 8441013000975
  1. Includes the PDL Playoffs and MLS Cup Playoffs


  1. "Lalas Abubakar Will 'Never Forget' PDL Accomplishments". October 13, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. "EIGHT MEN'S SOCCER STUDENT-ATHLETES RECEIVE NSCAA ALL-MIDWEST REGION HONORS". Atlantic 10 Conference Official Site. December 6, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. "LOEBE, ABUBAKER, HEINE, ZAROKOSTAS AND MCGINTY CLAIM TOP ATLANTIC 10 ANNUAL MEN'S SOCCER AWARDS". Atlantic 10 Conference. November 9, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. "LALAS ABUBAKAR". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. "Sounders U-23, Pumas among PDL finalists". July 29, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. "2016 PDL All-League Awards Announced". August 5, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  7. "2016 PDL All-League Team Unveiled". August 3, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  8. "2017 MLS SuperDraft Rounds 1 & 2 Analysis: Columbus Crew SC". MLS Multiplex. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. "Ghana - L. Abubakar - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  10. Murphy, Pat (May 8, 2019). "Crew send Lalas Abubakar on season-long loan to Rapids". Massive Report. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  11. Rapids, Colorado [@ColoradoRapids] (October 7, 2019). "A beast on the backline all year long. / The Defender of the Year award goes to @LALASABUBAKAR1. / #Rapids96 |" (Tweet). Retrieved October 8, 2019 via Twitter.
  12. Post, Mark Goodman | Special to The Denver (June 21, 2019). "Colorado Rapids defender Lalas Abubakar is going places, and he doesn't seem to mind". The Denver Post. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  14. Lalas Abubakar at Soccerway. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  15. Lalas Abubakar at Major League Soccer
  16. "Lalas Abubakar – Premier Development League profile". USL League Two. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  17. "Lalas Abubakar – 2016 PDL statistics". USL League Two. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
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