Jonathan Mensah Becomes First African-Born Captain Of American Club Columbus Crew

Jonathan Mensah named captain of Columbus Crew

Black Stars defender, Jonathan Mensah is the new captain of American club Columbus Crew SC.

In his fourth season with the Black & Gold, Ghanaian centre back will wear the armband for Columbus’ season opener on Sunday against New York City FC. He is expected to be the team’s primary captain throughout the 2020 season. The Crew announced Mensah as captain as a part of the team’s first starting 11.

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Mensah seemed poised to wear the armband after captaining the team during the preseason and speaking to fans at the final Black & Gold Week event on Friday at COSI. Mensah has been a leader for the team during his time with the club and is a bridge between eras and a well-respected player in the locker room.

Columbus Crew was in need of a new captain after Wil Trapp’s trade to Inter Miami. Trapp was the Crew’s captain for the past three seasons.

At 29 years old, Mensah becomes the first non-American to have the captaincy since Federico Higuain in 2013. After having five different American captains since 2004, Mensah is the first African-born captain of the club.

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source: massivereport

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