The Colorado Rapids have strengthened their defensive ranks with the signing of Aboubacar Keita from the Columbus Crew.
Colorado can pay an preliminary $300k in Normal Allocation Cash (GAM) for Keita’s companies, with the Crew receiving an extra $150k GAM ought to the center-back meet sure efficiency standards through the 2022 MLS season.
“Bouba is a younger, athletic participant who’s comfy on the ball and has all of the attributes to turn out to be a bodily dominant defender,” Colorado Rapids government vice chairman and common supervisor Pádraig Smith mentioned in an official membership press launch.
“We’re dedicated to focusing on the very best younger gamers within the home market, and in Keita, we consider we now have acquired a participant with important upside who is just starting to scratch the floor of his potential.”
Born in New York, Keita is the product of the Columbus Crew academy, signing a homegrown cope with the Ohio membership in 2019. The 21-year-old has 42 senior appearances for Columbus underneath his belt, together with 12 in 2020 because the Crew received MLS Cup. Keita has been capped eight instances for america at U-20 degree.
“From the time he joined the Academy in 2016 to serving to us seize MLS Cup in 2020 and the Campeones Cup final September, Bouba’s arduous work and dedication on and off the sector has been really appreciated. We want him all the very best in Colorado,” mentioned Crew president and common supervisor Tim Bezbatchenko.
Keita will be a part of Lalas Abubakar, Danny Wilson, and Auston Trusty on one of many strongest center-back line-ups in MLS proper now.
In the course of the 2021 season, the Rapids conceded simply 35 targets within the common season as they completed high of the Western Convention – solely the Seattle Sounders, New York Pink Bulls, and Nashville SC allowed fewer (all 33).
Colorado start their 2022 marketing campaign away at Los Angeles FC on February 26.