Lalas Abubakar: Ghana and Colorado Rapids Defender Receives US Citizenship

Lalas Abubakar: Ghana and Colorado Rapids Defender Receives US Citizenship

Lukman Mumuni
March 1, 2024 at 7:49 AM
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  • Lalas Abubakar has received his US citizenship
  • The defender can now represent the United States
  • Abubakar plays for Colorado Rapids in the MLS

Ghanaian-born defender, Lalas Abubakar, has received his US citizenship after a decade in the United States.

The ex-Ghana U20 defender moved to the United States to continue his education and football in 2014, spending two years at the University of Dayton.

Abubakar was drafted into the Major League Soccer in 2017 after spells with Dayton Flyers, the men's soccer team of the University of Dayton, Charlotte Eagles and Michigan Bucks.

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Lalas Abubakar and his teammates celebrate after acquiring his US citizenship. Credit: @ColoradoRapids
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The former University of Ghana defender spent two years at Crew before he joined his current club Colorado Rapids in 2019.

In photos and videos shared on social media, players and the technical team of Colorado Rapids are seen celebrating the 29-year-old after obtaining his American citizenship.

"Introducing our newest U.S. citizen, Lalas Abubakar," wrote the club on X, former Twitter. The strong defender responded with a "Thank you Colorado Rapids".

Abubakar can now represent the United States at senior level despite featuring for Ghana in youth football.

He is expected to make his season debut in the game against Nashville on Sunday after missing the opening-day defeat to Portland Timbers, as reported by the club's official website.

Abubakar and Ghana players in the MLS

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that 11 Ghanaian players including Lalas Abubakar will be part of the 2024 Major League Soccer season.

The defender, who missed the opener last week against the Portland Trailblazers, joins the likes of Joseph Painstil and Jonathan Mensah for the new campaign.

In the past, the likes of Dominic Oduro and David Accam etched their names in the history books of the American Soccer League.

Abubakar flies mother to USA

Sports Brief also reported that Lalas Abubakar gave his mother the best gift on Mother's Day last year after flying her to the United States to watch a Colorado Rapids game.

The Colorado Rapids centre-back featured as his mother and sister watched from the stands during the game against Philadelphia Union.

Colorado lost 2-1 in front of their fans after throwing away their lead to lose 2-1 at the Sporting Goods Park.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.