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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Columbus caps 2020 Season with MLS Cup win

Zelarayan win MLS Cup MVP, Austin FC continues to build roster with five trades and more in today’s links

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MLS News

In year 25, MLS Cup went back to where it all began with Columbus Crew SC
On Saturday night the Crew surprised almost everyone by knocking off the defending champs from Seattle 3-0 despite the absence of two key starters – not just winning the big final but dominating it, flying into their task with a commitment and intensity that you might say has been 25 years in the making.

The Crew and Zelarayan were perfect fits for each other
The club signed the influential player at the perfect moment and the union paid off with the MLS Cup.

Postgame Pontifications: No easy answers from a dispiriting loss
Sounders know they missed a massive opportunity, and can’t really explain why.

Lima, Segura among five acquisitions for Austin FC
Austin FC continued to bolster its roster for its first season in MLS by adding five players in Sunday’s Trade Window.

LAFC acquire defender Marco Farfan from Portland Timbers
Farfan, 22, just wrapped up his fourth pro season, all in the Timbers organization, after signing a Homegrown deal ahead of the 2017 season. He’s made 34 MLS regular season appearances in his career to date, including 14 this season, a career high to date. He also came off the bench for Portland in the playoffs.

Chicago Fire get $125,000 in General Allocation Money in Trade with Colorado Rapids
In a uniquely-MLS move, the Chicago Fire dealt the club’s number six overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft to the Colorado Rapids. In return, the Fire pick up $125,000 in General Allocation Money, the club announced today.

MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew SC clinch 2021 Concacaf Champions League berth
The Crew cap the U.S.-based berths, joining the Philadelphia Union (Supporters’ Shield winners), the Portland Timbers (MLS is Back Tournament winners) and Atlanta United, who clinched their berth as 2019 U.S. Open Cup champions after the 2020 competition was not played this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Liga MX

Leon wins their eighth Liga MX title after defeating Pumas
Leon got a 2-0 victory giving a title to the team who played the best during the regular season.