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Crew captain Mensah agrees to contract extension

Columbus Crew SC captain Jonathan Mensah agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for the defender.

Mensah, 30, has three goals and one assist in 95 career matches with the Crew. He has played in every minute of all 18 games this season for Columbus (10-4-4, 34 points).

"We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan has signed a multi-year contract extension with the club," Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. "In addition to having a ‘Defender of the Year' award-worthy season in 2020 and consistently being one of the top defenders in MLS, Jonathan is someone who leads by example and serves as a role model to the younger players. He has earned the respect of teammates, coaches and the Central Ohio community alike for his efforts on and off the field and we are delighted that he has committed to remain in Columbus."

--Field Level Media

Report: USMNT without a November opponent

Intent on getting back on the field in November, the United States Men's National Team is having trouble nailing down a schedule for multiple friendlies after an option to meet Australia in a game at England fell through.

Crew captain Mensah agrees to contract extension

Columbus Crew SC captain Jonathan Mensah agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday.


Sporting KC lose D Zusi for season after foot surgery

Sporting Kansas City suffered a late-season blow as defender Graham Zusi, a core member of the franchise since 2009, will miss the rest of the season after undergoing foot surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Zusi had surgery on his left foot after he suffered a midfoot sprain on Oct. 7 against the Chicago Fire. He is expected to be sidelined for four-to-five months.

The loss comes at a tough time, with Sporting KC (9-6-3, 30 points) battling for the top spot in the Western Conference. They sit in third place in the conference, one point behind Seattle and Portland, entering Wednesday's action.

Zusi, who signed his latest contract extension with the team in 2018, has one goal and one assist this season in 15 games (14 starts). Over the past three games he has been replaced by Jaylin Lindsey.

Zusi has earned six MLS All-Star selections, with his last coming in 2018. The Orlando, Fla., native is the only player in league history to be chosen to four consecutive MLS All Star Games (2012-15).

In 294 career matches (252 starts) with the Kansas City Wizards (2009-10) and SKC, Zusi has tallied 29 goals and 66 assists. He is tied for the most games played in franchise history along with teammate Matt Besler.

--Field Level Media

Revolution F Penilla undergoes foot surgery

New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla underwent season-ending surgery on his fractured left foot on Wednesday.

The club said Penilla will require a recovery period of two to three months for the bone to heal.

Penilla suffered the injury during the first half of a victory over New York City FC on Oct. 11. He has missed the past two games.

Penilla, 29, leads the Revolution with four assists this season but hasn't scored a goal in 17 matches (10 starts).

Penilla, a native of Ecuador, scored 18 goals in this first two seasons with New England -- 12 in 2018 and six last season.

New England (7-5-7, 28 points) resides in fifth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Friday's road match against Nashville SC. With four regular-season matches remaining, the Revolution are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth.

--Field Level Media

Sporting KC lose D Zusi for season after foot surgery

Sporting Kansas City suffered a late-season blow as defender Graham Zusi, a core member of the franchise since 2009, will miss the rest of the season after undergoing foot surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

Revolution F Penilla undergoes foot surgery

New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla underwent season-ending surgery on his fractured left foot on Wednesday.

Nashville SC acquire Bwana from Sounders

Expansion Nashville SC acquired forward Handwalla Bwana from the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday in exchange for midfielder Jimmy Medranda as well as $225,000 in General Allocation Money, the teams announced.

Bwana, 21, has recorded one goal and one assist in five matches this season. He has four goals and three assists in 32 career contests with the Sounders.

"Handwalla is one of the exciting young attacking prospects in the league, and we feel very fortunate to be able to add him to our group," Nashville general manager Mike Jacobs said in a club statement. "His ability to threaten defenses both on and off the ball makes him a constant attacking presence, and his work rate on both sides of the ball make him a menace to play against."

Medranda, 26, has made one appearance with Nashville since being selected by the club in the 2019 Expansion Draft.

He has collected five goals and as many assists in his previous 96 MLS matches with Sporting Kansas City (2013-19).

"We would like to thank Handwalla for his contributions to our organization, and we wish him success in the next step of his journey with Nashville," said Garth Lagerwey, the Sounders general manager and president of soccer.

"We are pleased to welcome Jimmy to the club, and we look forward to working him into our squad as quickly as possible. Additionally, the General Allocation Money being acquired as part of this agreement gives us valuable roster flexibility for the future."

--Field Level Media

Former Top 10 player Goerges retires

Former Top 10 singles player Julia Goerges announced her retirement on Wednesday.

Nashville SC acquire Bwana from Sounders

Expansion Nashville SC acquired forward Handwalla Bwana from the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday in exchange for midfielder Jimmy Medranda as well as $225,000 in General Allocation Money, the teams announced.

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