MLS side Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has acquired 26-year-old Ghanaian international defender Jonathan Mensah who joins as a Designated Player via a Discovery Signing.
Mensah is a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran who has earned 51 caps for the Ghana National Team and he most recently plied his trade with Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia’s topflight, the Russian Football Premier League.
Mensah will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa, also occupying an international roster spot.
Mensah joins the Black & Gold with prior experience that also includes playing for FC Evian in Ligue 1 of France, Granada CF in Spain’s Second Division – helping the team return to the First Division – and Free State Stars in the First Division of Ghana.
To date, he has made 127 appearances (111 starts) at the club level, including appearances in the Russian Cup, the Coupe de France, France’s Coupe de la Ligue, and MTN8 – Ghana’s Domestic Cup.
In 2014, Mensah started in every group stage match of Ghana’s World Cup campaign. He featured for Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making two starting appearances in the group stage and starting in a Round of 16 contest against the United States, helping the Black Stars reach the quarterfinals.
Mensah also had a pivotal role in Ghana’s run to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final, playing every minute of every match including 120 minutes in the tournament’s final.
He now joins Ghanaian right-back Harrison Afful at the MLS club.