Legion signs defender Moses Mensah
Additional strength at the back
Late yesterday the Legion announced it has signed defender Moses Mensah to a multi-year deal. Mensah is a 24-year-old Ghanaian (yes, another one!) who played most recently at Campbell University (the rather predictably named Camels) in North Carolina. He was a star performer even as a freshman and missed just one of 73 games over four years there and accumulated several awards and other accolades. Last season he also played at One Knoxville SC, then in semi-pro USL League 2, now fully professional in League 1. He was part of a team that went all the way to the league quarterfinals, unfortunately picking up a red card late in that final game. It is somewhat unclear, but that probably means he will be suspended for the Legion’s opening game this season.
He was taken in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake in the third round, but as is common with low-pick internationals, he was not signed to a contract and so was available for the Legion to swoop in and grab.
As with Gabriel Alves, Mensah looks to be an investment for the future, although with Mikey Lopez out indefinitely after surgery, the Legion potentially also needs immediate defensive strength. Nominally a left back, Mensah can also play on the right so he could be pushing Jake Rufe for the lead role at that position.
I would also note that video of Moses is hard to find, despite his name being apparently a very common one.
Anyhow, welcome to the Magic City, Moses!