Columbus Crew SC defender Harrison Afful has been a mainstay for Ghana with his head-turning MLS contributions translating into captaincy of his national team. Dating back to Aug. 12, Columbus has either won or tied every game in which Afful has appeared, while the man who keeps to himself off-the-field has become arguably one of the most collaborative on-field personalities.
With 76 caps for Ghana, this defender has seen every minute of international matches in the last three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and he’s so far played the same consistent role in all three of Columbus’ Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs games. From the right back position, he put away this highlight-worthy finish in the semifinals, and he’s earning minutes reminiscent of those he recorded during Crew SC’s run to MLS Cup in 2015. For Crew SC and Ghana as well, more Afful could mean more success.