Ghana’s Harrison Afful named Columbus Crew’s defender of the season!

Ghanaian defender Harrison Afful has been voted the best defender for Columbus Crew SC in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

With the conclusion of Columbus Crew’s 2016 season, the Club unveiled its 2016 team honors — including the Barbasol Most Valuable Player, Golden Boot Winner, Defender of the Year, OhioHealth Humanitarian of the Year, Kirk Urso Heart Award and Crew SC Academy Player of the Year.

According to the club, second-year Crew SC defender Harrison Afful showcased both his high defensive skills as well as his ability to support the offense in the 2016 MLS season and has earned the club’s Defender of the Year award.

Afful, who is also ranked as’s top right fullback in the League this season, recorded 76 interceptions, three goals and three assists in 30 games played and started.

Among all MLS defenders, the Black Stars right fullback made the most touches in the opposing box (73), the most recoveries (203), the second-most overall touches (2,378) and the fourth-most successful passes (1,216).

Afful was in the lineup for all eight of Crew SC’s shutouts this season. His three goals and three assists were both tied for third-most among the League’s defenders.
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