Lucas Zelarayán scored halfway during the first 1/2 and added the clincher within the 82nd minute and the Columbus Group received their moment MLS Cup name, beating the protecting champion Seattle Sounders Three-Zero on Saturday night time.
Derrick Etienne Jr. additionally scored within the first 45 mins for Columbus. The Group withstood Seattle’s second-half drive and after all celebrated after Zelarayán’s function.
Zelarayán, the MLS newcomer of the yr and biggest signing in franchise historical past, was once the most efficient participant at the box on an evening the Group have been enjoying short-handed. Columbus was once with out midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos after each examined sure for COVID-19 this week.
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Regardless of the absences, the Group have been the decidedly higher aspect and Zelarayán was once the instigator. Columbus claimed its first name since 2008 and denied Seattle a possibility at being simply the fourth back-to-back champions in league historical past. The Sounders, enjoying of their fourth ultimate in 5 years, have been looking to be the primary repeat champions because the LA Galaxy in 2011-12.
It was once the primary look within the ultimate for Columbus since 2015 when the Group have been denied a name by means of the Portland Timbers and present Columbus trainer Caleb Porter. The franchise was once just about relocated only a few years in the past, however efforts to stay the staff in Columbus proved a success and now there’s a championship to rejoice.
The lack of Nagbe and Santos looked to be the largest tale coming into the general. It was once the primary time this season Columbus performed with out both participant in its lineup.
However their teammates — specifically Zelarayán — made their absences moot.
Zelarayán scored within the 25th minute off a really perfect feed from Harrison Afful, getting in the back of Seattle fullback Alex Roldan and snaking his left-footed volley previous goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Six mins later, Zelarayán made the good play discovering Etienne and his curling shot gave Columbus a 2-Zero lead. Etienne began instead of Santos.
And Zelarayán confirmed persistence earlier than rocketing a left-footed shot previous Frei for the general function. Zelarayán was once the 3rd participant in an MLS Cup ultimate with two objectives and the primary since Alecko Eskandarian in 2004.
Seattle wanted a frantic comeback within the ultimate 15 mins of its Western Convention ultimate in opposition to Minnesota United simply to succeed in MLS Cup. Down 2-Zero to Minnesota, the Sounders scored 3 times, together with Gustav Svensson’s winner in stoppage break day a nook kick.
The deficit was once the similar for many of the moment 1/2 in opposition to Columbus, however the magic of Seattle’s comeback simply 5 days previous was once absent. The Sounders had a large number of possibilities in the second one 1/2, however makes an attempt failed to seek out the web. Nicolas Lodeiro’s shot via visitors within the 71st minute trickled large. 3 mins later, Svensson’s header off a nook kick failed to seek out the objective.
Jordan Morris had the general just right search for Seattle within the 80th minute, however his header was once stored by means of Eloy Room.