Following a two-match week against Western Conference foes at MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus Crew SC saw defender Jonathan Mensah, midfielder Mohammed Abu and forward Ola Kamara emerge from Major League Soccer's Week 25 with Team of the Week honors. All in all, Mensah, Abu and Kamara featured the week's 180 total minutes of action against the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas.
Mensah, named as a defender in the week's best XI, finished with the game-winner against Dallas on Saturday. The goal stands as his first MLS goal and sixth career goal — including stops with Free State Stars in his native Ghana, Granada CF in Spain, and FC Evian in France. Across the week's two games, Mensah completed 19 clearances, 51 passes and two tackles.
Abu, earning a spot on the Team of the Week Bench, finished the two-match week with two starts and 200 successful passes. He stood tall in the defensive half with four tackles won and five interceptions.
Kamara, earning a spot on the Team of the Week Bench, finished the week with his team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season — including his landmark 30th career Major League Soccer goal, coming in the 50th minute of the win over Dallas. The Norwegian finished with 35 successful passes over the two games. He also drew a penalty kick against the Galaxy, but his attempt was ultimately saved.
The Black & Gold outscored LA and Dallas by a combined 4-1.