Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen has caught the eye this season as one of the most efficient shot-stoppers in MLS. His stand out performances have attracted interest from some of the best teams in Europe. Take a look at some of his best moments for Columbus and the reasons why the goalkeeper is in high demand.
This weekend we eagerly anticipate the MLS Cup final as Atalanta United take on the Portland Timbers. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be sold out, with more than 70,000 people in attendance. Join us as we indulge in some of the best moments these two teams have brought us this season.
In 2014, Robbie Keane and the Los Angeles Galaxy were looking for a record fifth MLS trophy against the New England Revolution. After going ahead through Gyasi Zardes, they were later pegged back by Chris Tierney. In extra-time, the ball was played through and it fell to Irish legend Robbie Keane who slotted home, as the Galaxy became the first team to win five championships.
This rocket from Argentinian Sebastián Blanco levelled the scores in the MLS Western Conference Final second leg. This right-footed bullet flew over Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Melia and was the pivotal goal that turned the match in Portland Timbers' favour.
Relive this wonder finish by Columbus Crew SC winger Justin Meram. Under Gregg Berhalter, these types of goals became a trademark of his Columbus Crew side. This goal against DC United was one of the best of the Berhalter era in Columbus.
Recently appointed US men's national team (USNMT) manager Gregg Berhalter and his old team Columbus Crew enjoyed a lot of success. Under Berhalter, Columbus became known for their fantastic style of play and the frequency with which they scored fantastic team goals
Jozy Altidore and Toronto FC looked down and out at one point during the 2017 MLS Playoffs. Altidore went down injured midway through the game and didn't look certain to return. However, Altidore returned to the game and scored the winning goal which earned his team a spot back in the MLS Cup final. In the final Toronto avenged the previous year's defeat to Seattle Sounders and Altidore was again the man to give them the lead.
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei had the game of his life in 2016 in the first of two consecutive finals against Toronto. The Swiss shot-stopper made many crucial saves in the game, including one in the penalty shootout. Frei was the hero for the Sounders in that shootout, as they lifted the MLS Cup against his former side.
The 2015 Portland Timbers showed that team spirit and determination is the key to victory, despite fielding star names such as Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe. The run that the Timbers went on to secure the MLS Cup was nothing short of remarkable. Domination in their playoff run cemented their place in the MLS history books.
Former Sporting Kansas City central defender Aurelin Collin found himself and his team 1-0 down in the MLS Cup final against Real Salt Lake. At their home ground, Sporting KC were not going to be denied and a fierce header from the Frenchman tied the game at 1-1. As the pressure stepped up another level, Collin found himself taking a penalty in the shootout. After tucking it home, Sporting KC went on to win the shootout.