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Crew SC adds World Cup veteran Jonathan Mensah to strengthen backline

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OBETZ, OH -- Quite a transition for the Crew SC's newest designated player Jonathan Mensah who is moving from Russia to Columbus for the 2017 season.

"Over there I would need translation all the time," Mensah told reporters Tuesday. "Here I can talk directly with the coach and players."

The Crew coming off a tough 2016 season after a run to the MLS Cup Final in 2015.

They'll kickoff the season Saturday at 2 pm against rival Chicago at Mapfre Stadium.

"I think it will be a good game, " Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said. "Something has to give for two teams ready to get the season started."

The game will be broadcast on ABC-6.

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