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Colorado Rapids acquire 2 defenders

The Rapids' Defensive Player of the Year Lalas Abubakar will stay with the club in 2020.
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Philadelphia Union's Auston Trusty in action during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Chester, Pa. The Union won 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The Colorado Rapids announced Wednesday the signing of defenders Auston Trusty and Lalas Abubakar.

Trusty, 21, comes to the Rapids from the Philadelphia Union on a new multi-year contract in exchange for $300,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) payable in 2020 and $300,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) payable in 2021.

Trusty spent the past four seasons with the Union.  

“Auston is one of the best young defenders in MLS and we’re excited to have him join the club,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager. “Despite his young age, he has already gained significant experience in our league and has demonstrated his ability to compete at the highest level and we expect him to fit right into the young, dynamic core of players we are building our roster around.”

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Abubakar, 24, joins the Rapids from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $400,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money (GAM) and a 2020 international roster spot.

Abubakar previously joined Colorado on loan from Crew SC midway through the 2019 season making 22 appearances for the Rapids. Abubakar was selected as the club’s Defensive Player of the Year.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Lalas back,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager. “Since joining us last year, Lalas has been an integral part of our team and has established himself as a top defender in MLS. We’re excited to have him with us from the start next year and build on the exceptional season he had in 2019.”

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