HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Anzhi Makhachkala on January 3, 2016.
Mensah is an experienced center back who has appeared in two World Cups with Ghana. He is a physically dominant player at his position who should be entrenched as a starter with Crew SC in 2017.
INTERNATIONAL: Mensah has 51 caps for Ghana. The defender made his debut for the Black Stars on March 3, 2010. Since then, he has appeared in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2014, Mensah started in every group stage match of Ghana’s World Cup campaign. He featured for Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making two starting appearances in the group stage and starting in a Round of 16 contest against the United States, helping the Black Stars reach the quarterfinals. Mensah also had a pivotal role in Ghana’s run to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final, playing every minute of every match including 120 minutes in the tournament’s final.
OUTSIDE MLS: Mensah has prior experience that also includes playing for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian topflight, FC Evian in Ligue 1 of France, Granada CF in Spain’s Second Division - helping the team return to the First Division - and Free State Stars in the First Division of Ghana. To date, he has made 127 appearances (111 starts) at the club level, including appearances in the Russian Cup, the Coupe de France, France’s Coupe de la Ligue, and MTN8 – Ghana’s Domestic Cup.