Cal Alum Hector Jimenez Wins Third MLS Cup
BERKELEY – California men's soccer alumnus Hector Jimenez won his third MLS Cup when the Columbus Crew defeated the defending champion Seattle Sounders, 3-0, in the championship game on Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Seven former Golden Bears have won MLS Cups, and Jimenez has won the second-most titles (3) on that list behind Josh Saunders (4).
"Hector has been a champion since his youth days playing for Arsenal," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "It's no coincidence that he has won three MLS Cups. He also won three Pac-12 championships while at Cal. What a proud moment this is for the Cal soccer program and our community."
The Crew and Jimenez, a midfielder/defender who entered Saturday's final in the 83rd minute, dispatched a Sounders squad that included goalkeeper Stefan Frei, his former Cal teammate. A two-time league champ, Frei made two saves in 90 minutes.
Jimenez has had a lot to celebrate of late, including the Crew's Dec. 6 win over the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference final and the birth of his son, Mateo, on Nov. 21.