Wednesday Dec 16, 2020. 11:00
Ghana international Jonathan Mensah says winning the Major League Soccer (MLS) title is ‘pretty special’ for Columbus Crew.
It is the tough-tackling central defender’s maiden trophy with the Crew since he joined the American club in 2017.
Mensah produced a solid performance in defence as the Crew thrashed Seattle Sounders 3-0 in the MLS Cup final.
“It’s such an incredible achievement for the team, because we’ve been through so much as a club, city and everyone connected to Columbus,” Mensah told BBC Sport Africa.
“The community and everyone behind the Save the Crew movement made it all happen, we the players and staff are just the vehicle that delivered it.”
Mensah played 28 matches in the MLS in the 2020 season and he helped the team keep 12 clean sheets.
“Their determination, resilience and undying desire gave us the strength and determination to accomplish this mission, because this is pretty special,” he continued.
“When you look at life in the past three years, what they’ve done off the field and how this year has been for all, this trophy is our little contribution to say ‘thank you’ for everything.”
It is the Crew’s second MLS Cup triumph having clinched their maiden title in 2008 after thrashing New York Red Bulls in the final.
Mensah previously played for Ghana’s AshantiGold, South African outfit Free State Stars, Spanish club Granada, France’s Evian, and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
He has represented Ghana at two FIFA World Cups and he has netted once in 65 international matches for the Black Stars.