2018 (Columbus): Lalas Abubakar has made five regular-season appearances (all starts). He was named to the MLS Team of the Week after playing all 90 minutes in the first match of the season on the road against Toronto FC (March 3). Abubakar started in the following four matches from a home match against the Montreal Impact (March 10) to a home match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (March 31).
2017 (Columbus): Abubakar made seven appearances (six starts) for Crew SC this season, all at centerback, and scored one goal. He made his MLS and Crew SC regular-season debut in a road match against Minnesota United FC (July 4), playing the entire 90 minutes. Abubakar started in Crew SC’s international friendly match at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (July 14). He earned MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week honors for his performance in a home match against the Chicago Fire (August 12). Abubakar started in the road match against Orlando City SC (August 19) and scored his first MLS and Crew SC career goal. Abubakar made three appearances (one start) at centerback in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. While on loan with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, he made five appearances (all starts).
Abubakar played three seasons at the University of Dayton, making 61 appearances (60 starts), scoring four goals and recording six assists during his time there. He was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Defender of the Year, making the Second Team NSCAA All-Midwest Region and the First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference his senior year (2016). The previous year, the defender was named the Dayton Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning First Team All-Ohio and First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team honors (2015). In his first season with the Dayton Flyers, Abubakar made the Second Team All-Ohio and the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team (2014). He also played with the Michigan Bucks, winning the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League Championship and being named the USL PDL Defender of the Year (2016).
Abubakar has international experience playing for the Ghana Under-20 National Team.
Name: Lalas Abubakar (ah-BOO-bah-car)
Born: December 25, 1994 in Kumasi, Ghana
Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
Drafted: Selected in the First Round (Fifth overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017
Previous Experience: University of Dayton (2014-2016)
Abubakar is the son of Amida Ahmed and Abubakar Ahmed. He has two younger siblings. Abubakar follows basketball and his hobbies include playing the video game FIFA. Abubakar does not play any other sports and says that sometimes he prefers playing soccer over eating. He enjoys watching the television show Merlin. Growing up, Abubakar looked up to Brazilian National Team and Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva. His favorite soccer memory is winning the 2016 USL PDL Championship with the Michigan Bucks. Abubakar is trilingual and he speaks the following languages: English, Twi and Hausa.