Zelarayan doubles as Columbus beat Seattle 3-Zero and wins the MLS Cup By Reuters

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© Reuters. MLS: Cup Final – Seattle Sounders FC v Columbus Crew SC

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(Reuters) – Argentine midfielder Lucas Zelarayan scored in both halves to help Columbus Crew seal their second MLS Cup title with a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday.

The 1,500 fans in attendance were treated to a breathtaking display of attacking football by the hosts, who took the lead in the 25th minute when Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei failed to parry Argentine midfielder Zelarayan’s sweetly struck volley.

Zelarayan became the supplier for the second time, brought the ball to the edge of the box and found Derrick Etienne Jr., who triggered a curling attempt past Frei into the farthest corner.

Seattle had made a spectacular comeback of two goals in the Western Conference final against Minnesota, but there were no similar exploits on Saturday when Zelarayan scored his second goal in the 82nd minute to seal the win.

The crew became the seventh team to win multiple MLS trophies following their 2008 triumph, while Seattle did not extend its 2016 and 2019 championships.

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