Right after the start of the MLS season, DC United added to his midfielder, acquiring the central midfielder Mohammed abou on the Norwegian side Vålerenga. The 28-year-old Ghanaian arrives on a one-year loan with an option to make the move permanent. Other terms were not disclosed, although Athleticismby Pablo Maurer reported that Abu will be on MLS senior list minimum wage in 2020, and that there are option years on the table if Abu makes a permanent move.
Abu has spent most of his career on loan at various teams, mainly due to Manchester City’s talent-seeking methods. After being signed by the English giants in 2010, Abu has been on loan six times, landing at five different clubs in five different countries. Two loans to Strømsgodset indicated where his future lay, and once his contract with Man City ended, the Norwegian side made a permanent move for him.
After three seasons there, Abu moved to Columbus’ crew, where he made 20 appearances in 2017, battling Artur to team up with Wil Trapp in both defensive midfield positions. In 2018, the crew opted to go with Artur, and after making a few early season appearances on the bench, Abu returned to Norway on loan, this time to Vålerenga. After two years, however, coach Dag-Eilev Fagermo is reported telling Abu that he was no longer in his plans, which prompted the movement today.
Abu, who has 6 caps for Ghana, thinks of adding depth to one of the most secure areas on United’s roster. With Russell Canouse, Junior Moreno, and Felipe all in place, and local midfielder Moses Nyeman looking solid in the preseason, the defensive midfielder isn’t necessarily an area of need for Black and Red.
However, with Canouse expected to spend at least the first few weeks of the season filling in at right-back, Abu may still have a path to playing time. United’s push to become a more possession-oriented team may also. help, for Abu’s time in Columbus proved that he is a very reliable facilitator for a team that wants to have control of the ball.
After Erik Sorga went from a deal with Loudoun to a deal with DC and the signing yesterday of a veteran playmaker Federico higuain, United now have 25 players on their active roster.