Ghana’s Jonathan Mensah was generally pleased with his output and the performance of the Columbus Crew team in their 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire on the opening day of the Major Soccer League season in the United States on Saturday.
Mensah made his MLS debut for the Crew and partnered Nicolai Naess in central defence but their efforts could not stop fellow Ghanaian player David Accam from scoring for Chicago Fire in the 73rd minute.
The goal leveled the score after Ethan Finley had given Crew the lead in the 17th minute.
After the match, Mensah was not too downcast by the result and he also stated his satisfaction with his performance on the first day of the league season.
“The result was not what we were looking for but there was some positive output. We just need to to pick it up from there and play the next game. We did well collectively in defence. We kept our calm and played out from the back.
I was happy with myself. It was my first game and I liked it. I did what I could do. I will improve as the games come along.”
Crew coach Gregg Berhalter Mensah played out a ‘solid’ debut for the team against Fire.
Mensah had Ghanaian company in the Crew team as Harrison Afful and Mohammed Abu all featured in the game.
However, Afful was slightly injured as David Accam’s studs caught his knee during the game.
Columbus Crew will face Houston Dynamo on March 11 and then play against DC United a week later in the MLS Regular Season.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');