Columbus Crew SC havE announced it has signed defender Jonathan Mensah to a multi-year contract extension using allocation money beginning in 2021. The 30-year-old is in his fourth season with Crew SC and was named captain of the Club ahead of the 2020 campaign. Mensah has made 95 regular-season appearances (92 starts) for Crew SC and has been the recipient of two Crew SC Defender of the Year awards (2018, 2019) and one OhioHealth Humanitarian of the Year award (2017).
“We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Club,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “In addition to having a ‘Defender of the Year’ award-worthy season in 2020 and consistently being one of the top defenders in MLS, Jonathan is someone who leads by example and serves as a role model to the younger players. He has earned the respect of teammates, coaches and the Central Ohio community alike for his efforts on and off the field and we are delighted that he has committed to remain in Columbus.”
Mensah was signed by Crew SC on January 3, 2017 and went on to make 26 regular-season appearances (25 starts) while scoring two goals and providing one assist for the Crew in his first season with the Club. The Ghanaian defender followed up his first season by making 27 regular-season appearances (26 starts) and scoring one goal the following year en route to earning his first Crew SC Defender of the Year award. In 2019, Mensah made 24 regular-season appearances (23 starts) and was once again named the Club’s Defender of the Year.
The defender was named captain of the Club ahead of the 2020 MLS season. This year, Mensah has made 18 regular-season appearances (all starts), playing every minute of every regular-season match for the Crew. Notably, Mensah has completed 1,022 passes in regular-season action in 2020, more than any other player in MLS. The defender also leads the League in blocks (21), clearances (89) and is tied for second-most headed clearances (48).
At the international level, Mensah has earned 58 caps for the Ghana National Team since making his debut as a substitute in a in a 2010 friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 3). Since then, he has participated in the following competitions: the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
At the youth level, Mensah represented Ghana at the Under-20 level, helping the Black Stars win the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.