Ghana defender Harrison Afful has been lauded for his leadership role in Columbus Crew MLS game with Philadelphia Union.
Crew Sporting Director Gregg Behalter was full of praise for Afful in the club's 1-0 win over Philadelphia Union.
Afful was the oldest player in the Crew line up and played a key role in the game.
"I liked that. We rely on Harrison [Afful]," he said after the game. "Some of the older guys- he was the oldest one in the lineup tonight- we relied on him heavily to set the tone for the group," he added.
"Being such a young group, they needed some guidance, and I was glad to see him do that. I think he played a good game, but more importantly I think was a good role model for performance tonight."
Meanwhile, Harrison's compatriot Lalas Abubakar and Jonathan Mensah were solid at the back as they prevented David Accam and C.J Sarpong from scoring. Gregg Bekalter described their performance as excellent.
"I think we played pretty well defensively, save for that one chance they had towards the end which wasn’t good. I think overall, we didn’t get troubled that much; they did an excellent job. I think whether its Johnny (Johnathan Mensah) or Josh [Williams] or Alex [Crognale] or Lalas [Abubakar], I think all of those guys have a similar mindset, and it’s to be aggressive, and make it be difficult to play against,' he said.