Ghana footballers, Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful and Emmanuel Boateng played crucial roles as Columbus Crew lifted the 2020 MLS Cup title inside the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus on Saturday.
Columbus beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 to win their second-ever MLS Cup, becoming one of seven teams to win multiple MLS championships joining D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and the Sounders.
Lucas Zelarayan starred with two goals and assist in the victory, with Derrick Etienne Jr. also scoring.
Afful provided a deep cross in the 25th minute which found Zelarayan and the latter smashed in a left-footed shot past Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Mensah on the other hand, became the first African to captain an MLS side to victory in the MLS Cup, making history in the process.
Columbus are one of the league’s inaugural members and won their first MLS Cup in 2008. MAPFRE Stadium is MLS’s original soccer-specific stadium. The Crew will move into their brand-new stadium in 2021.
The Crew entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, with 41 points in 23 games. They narrowly earned the right to host MLS Cup over Seattle on points per game (1.78 to 1.77).
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