The Columbus Crew have completed the signing of Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah, the club confirmed the deal on Tuesday.
Mensah joined the Black & Gold from Anzhi Makhachkala after spending the last two seasons at the Russia’s top-flight side. He only made 19 appearances.
“We are pleased to announce the signing of central defender Jonathan Mensah as a designated player,” coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement.
“Jonathan is a physically dominant central defender who at a young age has already proven himself on the world’s biggest stage. We look forward to him making an immediate impact in Columbus.”
Mensah has previously featured for clubs such as Ashanti Gold in Ghana, South African side Free State Stars, Spanish second tier side Granada CF and Ligue 1 side Evian.
Mensah is a two-time World Cup veteran, having been capped 51 times for Ghana. He started all three of his country’s contests at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and three more in 2010’s showpiece in South Africa.
He has also been called into Ghana’s squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, alongside new Crew teammate Harrison Afful.