The Crew is flying high after its 3-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders Saturday night, earning the club's second MLS Cup title.
Usually, the club would host a championship parade for supporters and players, but due to the pandemic, the Columbus Crew is hosting a live stream for a virtual celebration. The stream begins at noon. Watch here.
Crew SC President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko, Crew SC Head Coach Caleb Porter and select Crew SC players will speak during the event.
Lucas Zelarayán, the MLS newcomer of the year and largest signing in franchise history, was the best player on the field on a night the Crew were playing short-handed. Columbus was without midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos after both tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
Despite the absences, the Crew were the decidedly better side and Zelarayán was the instigator. Columbus claimed its first title since 2008 and denied Seattle a chance at being just the fourth back-to-back champions in league history. The Sounders, playing in their fourth final in five years, were trying to be the first repeat champions since the LA Galaxy in 2011-12.
It was the first appearance in the final for Columbus since 2015 when the Crew were denied a title by the Portland Timbers and current Columbus coach Caleb Porter. The franchise was nearly relocated just a few years ago, but efforts to keep the team in Columbus proved successful and now there is a championship to celebrate.