For the first time since 2008, the Columbus Crew will bring the MLS cup back to Columbus and this crew fan is ecstatic. Back in 2018, the Crew were slated to relocate to Austin, Texas. Crew fans all over fought, petitioned and even Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield even helped in the fight to keep the Crew here in Ohio.
That move has clearly paid off.
It went from Save the Crew to Celebrate with the Crew in a few short years. The Crew and the City of Columbus deserved this win. The Crew hosted the Seattle Sounders in the friendly confines of Crew Stadium and even though they were the underdog it did not show as Crew fans showed up draped in black and yellow cheering the Crew to victory.
The Crew clearly dominated and showed they were the better team by outplaying the Sounders from the word go. Lucas Zelarayan would draw first blood scoring the first goal of the match in the 25th minute. Derrick Etienne would follow that up in the 31st minute to put the Crew up 2-0 before half time. The second half showed the Crew doing what they do best and have done best all season… play defense. Seattle spent much of the second half of the cup in Crew territory, but the Crew kept the Sounders out of the net. Crew striker Lucas Zelarayan would put the dagger in the hearts of the Sounders to put the game on ice at 3-0.
The Crew finish the season with 300 minutes of shutout soccer. Which is impressive, to say the least. It’s only fitting that in the 25th year of MLS the trophy gets hoisted and brought back home to Columbus, Ohio. Head coach Caleb Porter should be proud as he has won the MLS Cup with two different teams (Portland 2015, Crew 2020).
Though the Crew will be moving into a new stadium next July, this win and title run will forever be remembered in the hearts of Columbus Crew fans all over Ohio. OHIO STAND UP!!