2017 (Columbus): Mensah made 26 appearances (25 starts) this season, all as a centerback and recorded two goals and one assist this season. He made his regular-season team debut as a starter in the Opening Match against the Chicago Fire (March 4). Mensah received a red card in a road contest against the Houston Dynamo (March 11) and subsequently missed the match at D.C. United (March 18) while serving a one-match suspension. He returned as a starter for Crew SC against the Portland Timbers (March 25). Mensah did not appear in the matches against Orlando City SC (April 1), Chicago Fire (April 8), Toronto FC (April 15) and New York Red Bulls (April 22) after being listed as questionable with a right thigh strain during those weeks. He started in seven consecutive matches starting with Crew SC’s home match against New York City FC (April 29) to Crew SC’s home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31). Mensah made a substitute appearance in a road match against the Colorado Rapids (June 3) and returned to the starting lineup in a road match against Atlanta United FC (June 17). Mensah started in an international friendly match at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (July 14). He received a red card in a road match against the Philadelphia Union (July 26) and subsequently missed the following road match against Real Salt Lake (July 29). Mensah returned to the starting lineup in the road match against the San Jose Earthquakes (August 5), recording his first MLS regular-season assist. He started in a home match against the LA Galaxy (August 23), helping his team earn a clean sheet in that match. He started in a home contest against FC Dallas (August 26), scoring the game-winning goal and earning a spot on MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. Mensah started in a home match against Sporting Kansas City (September 10), receiving a yellow card that caused him to miss Crew SC’s road contest against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (September 16) due to yellow-card accumulation. Mensah returned to the starting lineup in Crew SC’s home match against the New York Red Bulls (September 23), scoring his second goal of the 2017 regular season. He started in a home match against D.C. United (September 30). Mensah made five appearances (all starts) at centerback in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. He started in a road match against Atlanta United FC (October 26) in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round, in a home match against New York City FC (October 31) in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, in a road contest against New York City FC (November 5) in the Second Leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, in a home match against Toronto FC (November 21) in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship and in a road contest against Toronto FC (November 29) in the Second Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.
2016 (Anzhi Makhachkala): Mensah made 19 appearances (16 starts) for the club, providing one assist. His team debut came as a starter in a home contest against Amkar Perm, playing all 90 minutes (March 7). Mensah two appearances in the Russian Cupagainst Mordovia Saransk (August 21) and against Zenit St. Petersburg (September 27), helping Anzhi Makhachkala reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
2011-2016 (FC Evian): He made 49 regular seasons appearances (40 starts), and contributed two goals to the team. While playing for FC Evian, he made two appearances in the Coupe de La Ligue and two appearances in the Coupe de France. Mensah helped the club reach the quarterfinals of the 2013-2014 Coupe de La Ligue.
2010-2011 (Granada CF): Mensah made 19 appearances (12 starts) for Granada CF in Spain’s Segunda Division, scoring one goal. His club debut came as a starter in an away match against Real Betis (August 29, 2010). Mensah helped the club finish in fifth place as well as gain promotion to the First Division, allowing Granda CF to return there for the first time in 35 years.
2008-2009 (Free State Stars): He made 39 regular season appearances – all starts – and scored two goals. Mensah’s club debut came as a starter in a road match against SuperSport United (August 30, 2008). Made one starting appearance in the Domestic Cup at home against the Golden Arrows (August 8, 2009).
Mensah has earned 56 senior National Team caps for Ghana. Mensah's senior National Team debut came on March 3, 2010 in a friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina, coming on as a substitute. He has participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Mensah featured for Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making two group stage appearances and playing in a Round of 16 contest against the U.S., helping the Black Stars reach the quarterfinals. In 2014, he started in every group stage match of Ghana’s World Cup campaign. Mensah 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. At the youth level, Mensah has represented Ghana at the U-20 level, helping the Black Stars win the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. During the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Mensah made two starts, one against Egypt (January 25) and one against Burkina Faso (February 4), playing the full 90 minutes in each match. Mensah started for Ghana in a friendly match against Mexico (June 28), playing 80 minutes en route to earning his 54th cap. Mensah started in both of Ghana’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Congo at home (September 1) and on the road (September 5).
Acquired as a Designated Player via a Discovery Signing on January 3, 2017.
Name: Jonathan Mensah
Born: July 13, 1990 in Accra, Ghana
Previous Experience: Anzhi Mackhachkala (2016), FC Evian (2011-2016), Granada CF (2010-2011), Free State Stars (2008-2009)
Mensah is the son of Milicent and Evans. He has three siblings named Frank, Stanley, and Esther. Other sports he likes to watch are basketball and tennis. He loves to play table tennis and cool pool. Mensah’s favorite soccer player growing up was Nemanja Vidic. His favorite movie is Law Abiding Citizen. He speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Twi Ga. Mensah’s favorite meal is banku and okro stew. His favorite soccer memory is winning the U-20 World Cup with Ghana in 2009.