Columbus Crew 2-1 LAFC (Dec 9, 2023) Game Analysis

The Columbus Crew beat defending champion LAFC 2-1 on Saturday to win its third MLS Cup title.

Columbus, playing at its home Field, dominated the first half to take a two-goal lead through a Cucho Hernández penalty and a Yaw Yeboah strike.

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LAFC pulled a goal back in the second half through Golden Boot winner Dénis Bouanga in the 74th minute but Columbus held on for a deserved win.

The Crew, one of the league’s original clubs, previously won MLS Cup titles in 2008 and 2020. LAFC, a 2018 expansion team, was playing in its second-straight title game after beating the Philadelphia Union in last year’s MLS Cup.


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