Week 22 of Major League Soccer saw a key road win from Columbus Crew SC. Three first-half goals, four key saves and numerous chances created helped the Black & Gold return home with three points. The victory landed defender Harrison Afful and forward Patrick Mullins (bench) on MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week.

TOTW | Afful, Mullins earn MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week honors -

Afful played an important role in Saturday night’s win with a game-leading 84 total touches and a game-tying four chances created. The defender also recorded the most passes for Crew SC (57) and one assist on a goal from Mullins. In addition, Afful finished Saturday’s match with two tackles and one shot.

TOTW | Afful, Mullins earn MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week honors -

Afful leads MLS defenders this regular season in chances created (29) and crosses (82) from open play. The defender is also tied for second-most crosses in the League from open play.

On Saturday, Crew SC’s newest addition, Mullins, made his first start and scored his first goal with the club. Afful delivered a perfectly weighted through ball off of a pass from defender Milton Valenzuela to Mullins who secured a left-footed finish on the counter-attack. Mullins finished Saturday’s match with 32 touches, 24 passes, two tackles and one shot on goal.

TOTW | Afful, Mullins earn MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week honors -

Up next, Steffen will appear in the 2018 MLS All-Star game on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Field in Atlanta, Ga. The Black & Gold resumes regular-season play against the Houston Dynamo at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of Columbus Zoo Night.


Crew SC's 2018 MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week honorees:


Week 1: Lalas Abubakar (D), Federico Higuain (M), Milton Valenzuela (D)
Week 2: Gyasi Zardes (F - Bench)
Week 3: N/A
Week 4: Gregg Berhalter (coach), Federico Higuain (M), Cristian Martinez (M), Pedro Santos (M - bench), Milton Valenzuela (D)
Week 5: N/A
Week 6: N/A
Week 7: N/A
Week 8: N/A
Week 9: Mike Grella (M - bench)
Week 10: Lalas Abubakar (D), Milton Valenzuela (D - bench)
Week 11: Gregg Berhalter (coach), Gyasi Zardes (F), Zack Steffen (GK - bench)
Week 12: Jonathan Mensah (D)
Week 13: Artur (M), Josh Williams (D)
Week 14: Federico Higuain (M)
Week 15: Harrison Afful (D)
Week 16: N/A
Week 17: N/A
Week 18: Eduardo Sosa (M)
Week 19: N/A
Week 20: N/A
Week 21: Wil Trapp (M)
Week 22: Harrison Afful (D), Patrick Mullins (F - bench)

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