Columbus Crew hold off LAFC to win second MLS Cup in four years

The Columbus Crew are MLS champions after beating Los Angeles FC 2-1 in the MLS Cup final on Saturday at Field in Columbus, Ohio.

The Crew raced to a 2-0 lead in the first halp on a Cucho Hernandez penalty followed by a Yah Yeboah goal in a six-minute span. LAFC pulled one back through Denis Bouanga in the 74th minute but could not manage another before the final whistle.

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Columbus vs LAFC in MLS Cup Wraps Landmark Season

On Saturday, MLS’ reigning champion Los Angeles FC will look to win back-to-back titles, facing off against the Columbus Crew in the 2023 MLS Cup. The championship game of the 28th Major League Soccer season will take place at Field in Columbus at 4 p.m. ET. The Crew is coming to the final after …

MLS Cup Final Preview: LAFC’s shot at creating a soccer dynasty

The Western Conference champions will face the Columbus Crew on Saturday. A win would make them the fourth team to win back-to-back MLS championships

Los Angeles FC could not have won their first MLS Cup in a more dramatic fashion. Penalties ultimately clinched the victory over the Philadelphia Union, but everyone – certainly those of a black and gold persuasion – remembers that game last year for Gareth Bale’s iconic equaliser in stoppage time of extra time. That was effectively the moment LAFC won it.

Steve Cherundolo’s team will do well to replicate the spectacle of last year’s MLS Cup, but they can retain their title by beating the Columbus Crew on Saturday. Only three teams (DC United, Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy) in MLS history have ever pulled off a championship repeat. LAFC can make themselves the fourth.

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Messi Meets America: Final episode exclusive preview

Check out this clip from Lionel Messi's first days at Inter Miami - including interviews with the man himself as well as head coach Tata Martino - as the team looks to juggle the star's nagging injury with its push for the playoffs. Watch the final episode of "Messi Meets America" on Wednesday, December 6 only on Apple TV+.