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Rapids acquire defender Aboubacar Keita from Columbus

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Jul 21, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Crew defender Aboubacar Keita (30) dribbles the ball while Nashville SC midfielder Alex Muyl (19) defends in the second half at Lower.com Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 21, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Crew defender Aboubacar Keita (30) dribbles the ball while Nashville SC midfielder Alex Muyl (19) defends in the second half at Lower.com Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids acquired defender Aboubacar Keita from the Columbus Crew on Wednesday in exchange for up to $450,000 in general allocation money.

Columbus receives a guaranteed $300,000 in GAM in 2022, plus up to an additional $150,000 if Keita meets certain performance incentives.

“Bouba is a young, athletic player who is comfortable on the ball and has all the attributes to become a physically dominant defender,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said in a news release. “We are committed to targeting the best young players in the domestic market, and in Keita, we believe we have acquired a player with significant upside who is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.”

Keita, 21, spent the past four seasons with the Crew, winning the 2020 MLS Cup and the 2021 Campeones Cup.

The New York City native appeared in 16 matches in 2021, bringing his career total to 37 games with 28 starts.

“From the time he joined the Academy in 2016 to helping us capture MLS Cup in 2020 and the Campeones Cup last September, Bouba’s hard work and dedication on and off the field has been truly appreciated,” Crew president and GM Tim Bezbatchenko said. “We wish him all the best in Colorado.”

–Field Level Media