The Golden Era: Columbus Crew Reaches New Heights With CONCACAF Champions Cup Final Appearance

Columbus Crew v CF Montreal
Columbus Crew v CF Montreal / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages

In the heart of Ohio a remarkable story is unfolding. The Columbus Crew, once considered underdogs and an afterthought in the leagues plans, have risen to the peak of North American soccer. Their recent run to the Concacaf Champions Cup Final is not just a milestone; it’s a testament to their unwavering spirit, resilience, and the magic they’ve woven on the pitch.

From Humble Beginnings

The Crew’s journey began decades ago, rooted in the passion of their fans and the determination of their players. They’ve weathered the threat of relocation, celebrated  shields and cups, and built a legacy that now stands tall. But this moment—the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup Final—is different.  It’s the culmination of years of hard work, strategic planning, and a belief that anything is possible.

The Semifinal Triumph

On a warm night in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, the Crew faced Mexican giants CF Monterrey in the second leg of the semifinals. The stakes were high, and the tension palpable but Black and Gold had just slayed another giant, Tigres, in the weeks leading to this match and their confidence was unmatched. A 3-1 victory secured their place in the final, winning 5-2 on aggregate. The stunned Rayados faithful sat in silence (if they didn’t leave early) as they watched the first ever MLS team to win in Mexico in this competition. For Crew fans, this was just another data point cementing what they already knew, for this team – impossible is an opinion. For the first time in club history, the Crew are headed to the grand stage—the Concacaf Champions Cup Final.

Wilfried Nancy’s Vision

Coach Wilfried Nancy, the mastermind behind this historic run and the 2023 MLS Cup victory has meticulously crafted a game model that blends creativity, bravery, and teamwork. His intricate tactics demand constant communication among players and staff. It’s not just about the Xs and Os; it’s about heart, soul, and a shared vision. Nancy’s leadership has transformed the Crew into a force to be reckoned with.

The Battle Ahead

On June 1, 2024, under the floodlights of Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico, the Crew will face CF Pachuca. The stakes are higher than ever. A win would crown them regional champions and secure a spot in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup. They’re up against a formidable opponent, but the Crew thrive on challenges. They carry the hopes of their fans, the legacy of their predecessors, and the dreams of a city.

The Glory Days

The pundits raise their eyebrows; the analysts adjust their glasses. But we, as fans? We We sit content knowing that the soccer world in North America now knows what we knew. The Crew are the greatest show in MLS. The Crew isn’t just a team; it’s a style of play. When the nation turned their heads to Miami they were forced, instead, to bow toward Columbus as they methodically weave intricate patterns on the field through defences.

Can soccer work in a small market? The fans have put the league on notice since 2018 when the team was saved.

Fans gather at Field with their hearts filled with anticipation. They remember the legends—the Stern Johns, the Brian McBrides, and the Guillermo Barros Schelottos. But they also know that this is their time. The golden era is now. The Crew’s name will be etched in history, and the memories of this journey will echo through generations.


So, let us celebrate this moment—the golden era of the Columbus Crew. Let us cheer for every pass, every tackle, and every goal. These are the glory days—the days when cups are won and legends are born. The Concacaf Champions Cup Final awaits, and the continent watches. And you? Yes, you—are part of it. So, lets raise our voices, wear our colors, and let them know - This is our moment.

Welcome to OUR golden era.