Lucas Zelarayan scored halfway via the primary half and added the clincher within the 82nd minute and the Columbus Crew gained their second MLS Cup title, beating the defending champion Seattle Sounders 3-0 on Saturday evening.
Derrick Etienne Jr additionally scored within the first 45 minutes for Columbus. The Crew withstood Seattle’s second-half strain and at last celebrated after Zelarayan’s second purpose.
Zelarayan, the MLS newcomer of the 12 months and largest signing in franchise historical past, was the perfect participant on the sector on an evening the Crew have been taking part in short-handed. Columbus was with out midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos after each examined constructive for Covid-19 this week.
Regardless of the absences, the Crew have been the decidedly higher facet and Zelarayan was the instigator. Columbus claimed their first title since 2008 and denied Seattle an opportunity at being simply the fourth back-to-back champions in league historical past. The Sounders, taking part in of their fourth remaining in 5 years, have been attempting to be the primary repeat champions for the reason that LA Galaxy in 2011-12.
It was the primary look within the remaining for Columbus since 2015 when the Crew have been denied a title by the Portland Timbers and present Columbus coach Caleb Porter. The franchise was almost relocated only a few years in the past, however efforts to maintain the group in Columbus proved profitable and now there’s a championship to have a good time.
The lack of Nagbe and Santos appeared to be the largest story coming into the ultimate. It was the primary time this season Columbus performed with out both participant in its lineup. However their teammates – significantly Zelarayan – made their absences moot.
Zelarayan scored within the twenty fifth minute off an ideal feed from Harrison Afful, getting behind Seattle fullback Alex Roldan and snaking his left-footed volley previous goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Six minutes later, Zelarayan made the sensible play discovering Etienne and his curling shot gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. Etienne began instead of Santos.
And Zelarayan confirmed persistence earlier than rocketing a left-footed shot previous Frei for the ultimate purpose. Zelarayan is the third participant in an MLS Cup remaining with two objectives and the primary since Alecko Eskandarian in 2004.
Seattle wanted a frantic comeback within the remaining quarter-hour of the Western Convention remaining towards Minnesota United simply to succeed in MLS Cup. Down 2-0 to Minnesota, the Sounders scored thrice, together with Gustav Svensson’s winner in stoppage break day a nook.
The deficit was the identical for many of the second half towards Columbus, however the magic of Seattle’s comeback simply 5 days earlier was absent. The Sounders had quite a few possibilities within the second half, however makes an attempt failed to search out the web. Nicolas Lodeiro’s shot via visitors within the 71st minute trickled extensive. Three minutes later, Svensson’s header off a nook failed to search out the goal. Jordan Morris had the ultimate good search for Seattle within the eightieth minute, however his header was saved by Eloy Room.