Columbus Crew head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter has expressed satisfaction with Harrison Afful?s performance on his MLS debut.
The 29-year-old had to wait for three weeks after sealing his move on a free transfer to play his first official match.
Afful was handed a starting role but was replaced after an hour.
Berhalter admitted Afful was lacked the requisite match fitness but had some positives.
He said: ?It?s tough for guys. We?re in full swing and he?s been off for a while and I think he hung in there. It?s not an easy job but he battled.
?Yeah, he made a couple of mistakes but he also had a lot of positive things. He showed some ability. Overall, I?m happy with him.?