The Colorado Rapids have signed two of their centerbacks to new contracts, locking down Lalas Abubakar through 2024 with a club option for 2025 and Auston Trusty through 2023.
Abubakar, who joined the Rapids on loan from Columbus in 2019 (and was permanently signed prior to the 2020 season), has played a massive part in stabilizing a Rapids backline that had been leaky in past seasons. The 26-year-old scored his first goal for Colorado this year and was awarded the club’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in both of his seasons in Commerce City.
In the club press release on Tuesday, Rapids General Manager and Executive VP Padraig Smith commented, “We are delighted to secure Lalas’ future in Burgundy. Lalas has been an integral part of our defense during his two seasons with the club and we look forward to seeing him anchor our backline for several years to come.”
The club then announced on Wednesday that 22-year-old centerback Auston Trusty had re-signed until 2023.
Trusty struggled for consistent minutes this season, as he was unable to take the left centerback spot from Danny Wilson. Despite this, he got better in every game he played, with his best performance being in the 3-1 win over MLS Cup runner-up Seattle Sounders in October. Being only 22, Trusty has plenty of time to grow and will be looking to solidify his position as the starting center back partner for Lalas Abubakar for the 2021 season.
In the club’s press release of the extension of Trusty’s contract, Padraig Smith said, “Auston is a young, talented defender who has already proven himself in MLS and shown tremendous potential.” Smith also praised the defender in an interview with Burgundy Wave earlier this week.
With the extensions of these two key defensive pieces, along with the re-signing of Danny Wilson to a two-year deal, the Rapids seem to have a solid foundation in the backline for years to come.