Columbus Crew is the new MLS champion after 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders

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Columbus Crew SC has emerged MLS champion after defeating defending champion Seattle Sounders FC 3-0, all thanks to a double from Lucas Zelarayan and a goal from Derrick Etienne on Saturday night at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The Crew eventually laid their hands on their second MLS Cup title in a match that was end-to-end, and action-packed in the opening 20 minutes.

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei made a big save from Gyasi Zardes’ effort, and Jordan Morris fired just wide of the Crew goal on an ensuing counterattack as the match remained scoreless.

Columbus Cre players celebrte MLS triumph

The hosts then opened the goals account in the 25th minute when club-record signing Zelarayan got on the end of a Harrison Afful cross and beat Frei with a first-time shot.

Zelarayan then became the provider for the second when he picked up a poor clearance and teeing up Etienne for a composed finish that curled out of Frei’s reach.

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Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer, at the start of the second half, brought on Gustav Svensson and Brad Smith. He then added Will Bruin and Kelvin Leerdam at the 60-minute mark.

But the changes proved not to be effective as the visitors struggled to create any clear-cut chances, while Columbus continued to force the issue in its offensive third.

After Crew keeper Eloy Room kept them in the game by palming away a goalbound Morris header right on 80 minutes, Columbus punished Seattle some seconds later when Zelarayan curled in his second of the night to put his team ahead for good.

Reactions after Columbus Crew clinches their second MLS trophy after a win against Seattle Sounders

Columbus coach Caleb Porter, who had previously won the title during his stint with Portland in 2015, joins Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid as the only coaches to win titles with multiple teams in the league.

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Crew defender Jonathan Mensah dedicated the victory to the home fans.

“A huge thank you to our fans. We are so grateful for their support and their love,” he said.

Reacting to the outcome, eattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer congratuklted his colleague for a good performance that resulted into victory.

“I just want to congratulate Caleb and Columbus. That was a very good performance. I’m very proud of the season, not the last game, but the season that my squad put together.

“They worked hard. They fought until the end, but they came up short tonight. In the long run in the bigger picture, I think there’s certainly a lot of success that follows this franchise and we hope to continue that,” Schmetzer said.

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