Columbus Crew boss praises Afful's leadership after Philadelphia Union win

Noah K. Murray
The right-back's influence on his side's performance at MAPFRE Stadium has been hailed by Gregg Berhalter

Columbus Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter says Ghana defender Harrison Afful was a "good role model" in Wednesday's Major League Soccer victory over Philadelphia Union

The 31-year-old was handed his 10th start of the campaign as the Black and Gold registered a 1-0 home win at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

USA international of Ghanaian descent Gyasi Zardes netted the only goal in 53 minutes. 

"I liked that. We rely on Harrison [Afful and] some of the older guys," Berhalter said, as reported by his club's official website. 

"He was the oldest one in the lineup - we relied on him heavily to set the tone for the group. 

"Being such a young group, they needed some guidance, and I was glad to see him do that. 

"I think he played a good game, but more importantly I think was a good role model for performance."

Afful has been a key part of the Black and Gold's set-up this season, having featured in 10 of Crew's 11 games played thus far. 

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He lasted for the entire duration of all the matches, and has a goal to his name. 

The full-back joined the Black and Gold from Tunisian outfit Esperance in 2015.