HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on July 30, 2015. Signed a contract extension on October 30, 2019.
An attacking right back, Afful joined Columbus during the 2015 season and helped lead them to the MLS Cup the same year. The Ghanaian's pace and commitment to get forward adds an extra dynamic to the Crew's attack. The World Cup veteran made 32 regular season appearances in 2018, scoring two goals and adding six assists. In a home match against the New York Red Bulls (June 9), Afful provided his first assist of the season on Gyasi Zardes’ 27th-minute goal en route to earning MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week honors. The match also marked Afful’s 75th regular-season start for Crew SC. Against New York City FC (Sept. 1), Afful scored his second goal of the season, which was nominated for MLSSoccer.com’s Goal of the Week. His performance also earned him a spot on MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week.
INTERNATIONAL: Afful has earned 80 caps for Ghana, registering five assists in total. The defender made his debut for the Black Stars on February 9, 2008 in that year's Africa Cup of Nations. He has since gone on to appear in 24 Africa Cup of Nations matches, 17 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and two matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where he notched an assist in a 2-2 draw against eventual champions Germany in the Group Stage.
OUTSIDE MLS: After coming up in Feyenood's academy in Ghana, Afful joined Asante Kotoko in Ghana. After a couple seasons with the club he joined Esperance in Tunisia where he helped the club reach the 2011 CAF Champions League.