December 5, 2020

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Jonathan Mensah becomes 12th player in Columbus Crew history to make MLS best XI

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Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah has become the 12th Columbus Crew player to be named in the best eleven in the Major League Soccer.The 30-year-old Columbus Crew captain was named in the 2020 MLS best eleven after an excellent campaign with the Black and Golds.Mensah played every minute of the regular season, earning him a nomination for the Defender of the Year, which was won by Nashville’s Walker Zimmerman.The former FIFA U-20 World Cup winner joins a list of great from Crew to have made the team of the year including MLS legend Kei Kamara.He is also the fourth defender from the club to make it in the best eleven, joining Thomas Dooley (1997, 1998), Robin Frasier (2004) and Chad Marshall (2008, 2009).He is the first player to be named to the MLS Best XI under Crew SC Head Coach Caleb Porter, as well as the first Crew player to receive this accolade since 2018 (Zack Steffen).Jonathan Mensah is in his fourth season with the Crew and his first season as team captain, led the League in blocks (30), passes (1,473) and clearances (114) in regular-season action.The former Ashantigold defender helped the Crew post nine clean sheets in regular-season action tied for most by an MLS team this season.Below is the list of Columbus Crew players to have made the MLS best XI1997:Thomas Dooley, Brad Friedel1998:Thomas Dooley, Stern John2002:Jeff Cunningham2004:Robin Fraser2007:Guillermo Barros Schelotto2008:Chad Marshall, Robbie Rogers, Guillermo Barros Schelotto2009:Chad Marshall2015:Ethan Finlay, Kei Kamara2018:Zack Steffen2020:Jonathan MensahBy Lukman Abdul Mumin