New Crew SC signing Cedrick Mabwati started, and played all 120 minutes in Democratic Republic of the Congo's 0-0 (4-2) win over Equatorial Guinea in the Third-Place Match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday. Mabwati was the first player step-up to the spot and convert for DR Congo in the penalty shootout to help his nation to the victory.
Mabwati is set to arrive in Columbus this summer following his loan spell in Spain with Osasuna.
Crew SC Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk recaps the club's first preseason camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. with ColumbusCrewSC.com's Cody Sharrett.
The first U.S. Men's National Team camp of 2015 comes to a close Sunday as the Americans host Panama at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Coming off a 3-2 defeat in Chile last week, Jürgen Klinsmann's side looks to end the camp on a high note with a positive result on home soil.
Crew SC's Wil Trapp is one of several new faces in the USMNT camp, earning his first Senior Team cap against Chile. Despite the influx of new players, Trapp says a result against Panama is the main focus on Sunday.
"The goal is to win the game," Trapp said over the phone. "We understand it’s a new group of guys, but we’ve been together for a while now. We didn’t get a result in Chile when we probably could’ve won the game or at least tied it.
"Getting a result against Panama is paramount."
The U.S. kicks-off against Panama at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN.
Crew SC's newest addition Cedrick Mabwati and the Democratic Republic of the Congo fell to Ivory Coast, 3-1, in Wednesday's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Semifinal in Bata. The winger started and played 69 minutes in the defeat.
Mabwati will return to Osasuna in Spain before joining Crew SC this summer.
Crew SC's Federico Higuaín and Hernan Grana chat with media from Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, striker Aaron Schoenfeld, midfielder Ben Speas, defender Chad Barson and midfielder Hector Jimenez check-in from preseason camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.