Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison and 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison and 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

Ghana as a country is noted for its love of football (or soccer) and can boast of talented stars who are gracing the green turf abroad.

For the past 20 years, Ghana has exported over 10 000 players to different countries.

Europe is seen as the hub for football business, but now the United States of America (USA) has invested hugely in football.

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Their top-flight, which is the Major League Soccer (MLS), is one of the most lucrative leagues in the world.

With their financial prowess, they were able to sign players like Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, and David Beckham, etc.

Now, Ghanaian football stars are also not left out as they are showing their God-given skills in the MLS.

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YEN.com.gh has put together a list of 5 Ghanaian football stars that are making the nation proud in the US.

1. Jonathan Mensah:

Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison & 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

Jonathan Mensah (Photo credit: Instagram/Jonathan Mensah)
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Mensah joined Columbus Crew in 2017 and has been one of the club's best players. Due to his outstanding performance, he has been appointed as captain of the Red and Yellow.

Since joining Columbus Crew, Mensah has played 77 times, scoring three goals in the process.

2. Afful Harrison:

Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison & 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

Afful Harrison (Photo credit: Instagram/Afful Harrison)
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Harrison completed his move to Columbus Crew from Espérance De Tunis in 2015.

He is one of the most sought-after players since joining the American side.

The right-back has played 120 times for Columbus Crew and scored five goals.

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3. Latif Blessing:

Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison & 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

Latif Blessing (Instagram/Latif Blessing)
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In January 2017, Blessing signed with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer in the United States after being scouted and recommended by a US-based Italian agent/scout, Simone Ghirlanda of Pan American Calcio.

Blessing's first MLS goals came in a brace on 13 May 2017 in a 2–2 draw versus Orlando City.

In December 2017, Blessing was selected by Los Angeles FC with the second selection of the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft. He made his debut for the club as a starter in their first MLS match, a 1–0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC.

4. Lalas Abubakar:

Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison & 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

Lalas Abubakar (Photo credit: Instagram/Lalas Abubakar)
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Abubakar signed to Columbus Crew in 2017. During his first season in Columbus, Abubakar split time with Columbus and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in what is now the USL Championship.

In total, Abubakar made 15 appearances during his first professional season; 10 with Columbus and five with Pittsburgh.

Moreover, during his rookie season, he scored his first professional goal on 19 August 2017 against Orlando City SC.

On 20 November 2019, Abubakar's stay at Colorado was made permanent when he was traded by Columbus in exchange for $400 000 of General Allocation Money and an international roster spot.

5. David Accam:

Jonathan Mensah, Afful Harrison & 3 other Ghanaian stars making the country proud in USA

David Accam (Photo credit: Instagram/David Accam)
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Despite initially denying the move, Accam signed as a designated player with Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer on 19 December 2014.

After three seasons with Chicago, Accam was traded to Philadelphia Union on 19 January 2018 in exchange for $900 000 in Targeted Allocation Money and $300 000 in General Allocation Money.

In Accam's first season with Philadelphia, he was hampered by injuries and recorded just one goal in 23 appearances. His form picked up in his second season, scoring four goals with two assists in 11 games, however, he was traded to Columbus Crew SC on 8 May 2019.

On 16 May, it was announced that Accam would be traded to Nashville SC, effective 1 January 2020, and would play out the 2019 season with the Crew.

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