Lucas Zelarayan strikes twice as Columbus Crew secure second MLS Cup in Ohio
- Columbus Crew beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 to claim their second MLS Cup
- Argentine midfielder Lucas Zelarayan struck either side of half-time
- Derrick Etienne also found the net as the home side eased to victory
Argentine midfielder Lucas Zelarayan struck in either side of half-time to help Columbus Crew seal their second MLS Cup title with a 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders at the Mapfre Stadium on Saturday.
The 1,500 fans in attendance were treated to a fine display of attacking football from the hosts, who took the lead in the 25th minute when Seattle keeper Stefan Frei failed to keep out Argentine midfielder Zelarayan’s sweetly struck volley.
Zelarayan turned provider for the second, bringing the ball down on the edge of the box and finding Derrick Etienne Jr., who unleashed a curling effort past Frei into the far corner.
Columbus Crew celebrate after securing their second MLS Cup in Ohio on Saturday
Lucas Zelarayan celebrates with his teammates after scoring the third goal of the night
Seattle had mounted a spectacular comeback from two goals down in the Western Conference Final against Minnesota but there were no similar heroics on Saturday as Zelarayan netted his second in the 82nd minute to seal the victory.
Crew became the seventh team to win multiple MLS Cups following their triumph in 2008, while Seattle failed to add to their championships of 2016 and 2019.
‘Two of our guys went down and we needed to do extra for them because we know what they mean to this team,’ Columbus captain Jonathan Mensah said. ‘We had to do this for them.’
‘It’s a massive opportunity to go back to back, which happens very, very rarely. It happens very rarely that you find yourself in situations to win the big one. So who knows if we’ll ever make it back?’ Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei said. ‘It’s a massive, squandered opportunity for us and all credit to them. They played a good game. They were hungry.’
Zelarayan struck twice as the Crew eased to victory at the Mapfre Stadium on the night