Columbus Crew open contract talks with Ghanaian defender Harrison Afful

Published on: 24 October 2019

Major Soccer League (MLS) side Columbus Crew have opened contract talk with Ghanaian right-back Harrison Afful about a contract extension.

Afful has been at Crew for the past four years and his contract is currently running down, allowing for a possible exit should both parties fail to reach an agreement over a new deal.

His teammate and compatriot Jonathan Mensah, on the other hand, has been confirmed on coach Caleb Porter's roster for the 2020 season.

"Crew SC exercised the options of defenders Waylon Francis, Hector Jimenez and Jonathan Mensah; as well as midfielders Luis Argudo, Pedro Santos and Wil Trapp," the club announced in a statement on their official website.

"The club is also currently in negotiations with out-of-contract defender Harrison Afful."

“As we continue preparations for the 2020 season, our goal is to build a roster that can compete for championships,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko.

“We want to build on the work done by our technical staff and players this season as we continue to solidify our identity in this new era of our Club.

"While it is never easy to make difficult personnel decisions at the beginning of each offseason, we are confident the roster will continue to evolve in the coming months as we look toward 2020 and beyond.”

Afful has featured in 22 MLS games for the Crew this season, starting in each of those games.