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Columbus Crew celebrates winning MLS Cup with virtual celebration

Columbus Crew players celebrate a goal against the Seattle Sounders during the first half of the MLS Championship soccer match Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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.

Columbus Crew win 2nd MLS title, beating Seattle 3-0

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.