San jonathan: San Jose Earthquakes acquire defender Jonathan Mensah from Columbus Crew

San jonathan: San Jose Earthquakes acquire defender Jonathan Mensah from Columbus Crew

San Jose Earthquakes acquire defender Jonathan Mensah from Columbus Crew

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By Jonathan Sigal



  • SJ receive: Jonathan Mensah
  • CLB receive: Up to $500k in GAM ($200k GAM guaranteed)

The San Jose Earthquakes have added a high-end MLS center back before head coach Luchi Gonzalez’s first year in charge, announcing Friday they’ve acquired Jonathan Mensah in a trade with the Columbus Crew.

In return, Columbus have received up to $500,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) – $200k is guaranteed across the next two seasons, while $300k is conditional – for Mensah, who’s in the last year of his contract. The conditional game breaks down as $150k/year if he’s on San Jose’s roster for the 2024 and 2025 Roster Compliance Dates.

Mensah, a 32-year-old Ghana international, has been in the league since 2017 and donned the captain’s armband in Columbus. He won MLS Cup 2020 with the Crew and earned MLS Best XI presented by Continental Tire honors that year, plus finished third overall in 2020 MLS Defender of the Year voting.

San Jose fit

Crucially, Mensah joins San Jose after center back Nathan suffered a right ACL injury in a preseason scrimmage. He’ll likely partner with Rodrigues, who’s on loan from Brazilian Serie A side Grêmio through the summer.

«Nathan’s unfortunate injury left a significant hole at a precarious time in our preseason that we didn’t hesitate to address quickly,» Earthquakes general manager Chris Leitch said in a release. «We knew we needed to bring in a player of significant quality and experience to compete at the highest level in MLS.

«We feel very fortunate and excited to bring in Jonathan, who has been named MLS Best XI, has captained an MLS Cup-winning side, and who knows what it takes to perform and be a leader for a competitive team in MLS. His leadership and success in Major League Soccer will be invaluable to our squad as we approach the 2023 regular season and his qualities as a human being will positively impact our organization and community.»

One of the best in @MLS.

Let the @Jomens25 era begin.#VamosSJ

— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) February 10, 2023

Mensah, a veteran of the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups with Ghana, has 70 international appearances. He has 7g/3a in 159 MLS appearances, playing for ex-Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala before emerging as an on- and off-field leader with the Crew.

Mensah also continues a pattern of San Jose acquiring MLS-experienced players in trades since Leitch took over. Star striker Jeremy Ebobisse arrived in August 2021 from the Portland Timbers for $1.167 million in GAM, while midfielder Jamiro Monteiro arrived in February 2022 from the Philadelphia Union for up to $450k in GAM.

Columbus next steps

As Mensah departs, Columbus’ lead remaining center backs are Josh Williams and Australian international Milos Degenek. There’s some depth via college soccer alums Philip Quinton and Keegan Hughes, who are both entering their first MLS season.

Columbus are expected to pursue a new backline anchor heading into new head coach Wilfried Nancy’s first season on the sidelines. But there’s an undoubted leadership void, combined with previous core pieces like midfielder Artur (trade to Houston Dynamo FC), wide player Pedro Santos (free agency to D.C. United) and forward Derrick Etienne Jr. (free agency to Atlanta United) also leaving this winter.

«Above all, we want to thank Jonathan for his contributions to the Crew and the Columbus community on-and-off the field since joining the club in 2017,» Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a release.

«He is truly the consummate professional, a great teammate and an even better person. Jonathan will always remain an important part of our club’s history, including winning MLS Cup 2020 together, and we wish him and his wife Kafui all the best in the future. This opportunity materialized and we felt it would give us flexibility to promote players from within the club and add new players from the outside, in the short term and long term.”

A shining example of what it means to bleed Black & Gold and champion Columbus 🖤💛

— The Crew (@ColumbusCrew) February 10, 2023

Season ahead

San Jose, who open their 2023 slate on Feb. 25 at Atlanta United (7:30 pm ET | MLS Season Pass), have also brought in DP midfielder Carlos Gruezo (from Bundesliga’s Augsburg) and TAM-level goalkeeper Daniel (from Brazil’s Internacional) this offseason.

Columbus, meanwhile, are visiting the Union for a Matchday 1 clash on Feb. 25 (7:30 pm ET | MLS Season Pass). Their offseason has been quieter, highlighted by striker Christian Ramirez arriving in a transfer from Scotland’s Aberdeen.

Both clubs missed the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs. Columbus finished eighth in the Eastern Conference, while San Jose placed last in the Western Conference (14th place).

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Jonathan R.

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Dr. Jonathan R. George is a surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery. His primary areas of focus are thyroid and parathyroid diseases, melanoma and other skin cancers of the head and neck, and cancers of the upper respiratory and digestive tracts. He is a member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

George provides comprehensive diagnoses and care for thyroid nodules and multinodular goiters as well as for newly diagnosed and recurrent thyroid cancers. His specialties include treating massive goiters, treating thyroid cancers that have spread to areas around the thyroid and performing complex neck surgeries for thyroid cancers that have spread to surrounding regions of the body. He also cares for patients with all forms of hyperparathyroidism, a hormonal disorder that occurs when parathyroid glands become enlarged and overactive.

When treating patients with melanoma and other skin cancers, George’s care includes wide excision (the removal of the tumor along with some normal tissue around it to assure complete removal), sentinel lymph node biopsy (the removal of lymph node tissue to examine microscopically for cancer) and neck dissection (to remove cancer in the neck). He provides superior aesthetic outcomes by coordinating with UCSF providers of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

George’s research focuses on prospective clinical trials for targeted treatments of head and neck cancers.

George earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, graduating with honors. He earned a master of public health degree in head and neck cancer epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. He then completed a two-year clinical and translational research fellowship in head and neck cancer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. George was trained in complex thyroid surgery by master surgeons Gary Clayman and Lisa Orloff.

George is a member of the American Head and Neck Society and American Thyroid Association. He is a surgeon member of UCSF’s multidisciplinary programs in head and neck oncology, melanoma oncology and cutaneous oncology.

George is committed to providing compassionate care with a focus on cure and excellent outcomes while maintaining a relationship with each patient in which he is directly accessible. He provides expedited consultations for all patients. To request an evaluation, please email him at [email protected] or call his clinic at (415) 514-4890 or (415) 885-7528, fax (415) 885-7711.

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    Duke University School of Medicine, 2008

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship , 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

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San Francisco, CA 94158

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  • Adjuvant therapy improves survival in pT4aN0 oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma with bone invasion.

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    MD, MS

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    Oncologist and melanoma specialist

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  • Karen Goodwin

    DO, FACS

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  • Jessica E. Gosnell


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  • Patrick Ha


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  • Chase M. Heaton


    Head and neck and reconstructive surgeon

  • P. Daniel Knott

    MD, FACS

    Facial plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgeon

  • Philip Leboit



  • James C. Lee


    Oncologist and melanoma specialist

  • Lauren Levine


    Oncologist and melanoma specialist

  • Ajay Maker

    MD, FACS

    Surgical oncologist

  • Akshiv Malhotra


    Medical oncologist

  • Natalie Marshall


    Medical oncologist

  • Isaac M.



    Dermatologic surgeon

  • Jeffrey P. North


    Dermatologist and dermatopathologist

  • Susana Ortiz-Urda

    MD, PhD, MBA

    Dermatologist and melanoma specialist

Please check with your health insurance plan regarding coverage for this type of care. Not all providers at UCSF are covered by every insurance plan.

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Jonathan Mensah — Player Profile 2023

Player Details

Exact role

Main role:
Central. defender
Additional role:
Right back
Left back

Aug 03 2014

Last modified: 08 Nov. 2022

To the details of the cost

Facts and figures

Transfer history








10 Feb. 2023


San Jose

800 thousand €

187 thousand €


9Jan 03 0020 2017



400 thousand €

500 thousand €


23 Feb. 2016



500 thousand €

200 thousand €


July 07, 2011



700 thousand €

Free agent


June 30, 2011




End of lease


Jan 2 2010





Jan 01 2010

FS Stars


500 thousand €


July 01, 2008

Ashanti Gold

FS Stars


Total transfer income:

€1. 39m

youth teams

Adelaide, Ashanti Gold

Performance statistics

Complete performance statistics

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