Columbus Crew, Black & Gold supporters prepare for “Clash For The Continent” at C.F. Pachuca in Concacaf Champions Cup Final 

COLUMBUS – After defeating C.F. Monterrey (5-2 aggregate) in their first Concacaf Champions Cup Semifinals appearance, the Crew advanced to the tournament Final and will play C.F. Pachuca at 9:15 p.m. ET (7:15 p.m. MT) on Saturday, June 1 at Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico. The Black & Gold are currently unbeaten through their six Concacaf Champions Cup matches leading up to the Final.


Ahead of the Massive match, the Crew – the only Major League Soccer club to reach the 2024 tournament’s final four – and passionate Black & Gold supporters are preparing to “Clash For The Continent” as the Club has the opportunity to achieve the following:

  • Become only the second MLS team to win the tournament (Seattle, 2022)
  • Earn a berth in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup, hosted in the United States. The 32-team tournament encompasses top team across the globe, including iconic soccer clubs who have already qualified like Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Juventus, Flamengo and more.
  • Lift the Crew’s second intercontinental trophy, complementing the 2021 Campeones Cup (2-0 W, vs. Cruz Azul, Sept. 29, 2021).
  • Become the first MLS team to defeat three Liga MX clubs in the tournament, as well as going unbeaten in Mexico.
  • Become the first team to defeat C.F. Pachuca at home since 2001 (30 matches) in Concacaf Champions Cup play.
  • Would become second MLS side to eliminate C.F. Pachuca in Concacaf Champions Cup (Montreal Impact 2015).

As excitement builds for the “Clash For The Continent,” Columbus today released an inspiring video on social media. The Crew are also finalizing details for select fans to join a send-off event prior to the team’s departure to Mexico on Thursday, May 30.

On matchday, the Crew are hosting a Watch Party for the Final at Field’s Chase Plaza and Condado Tacos. Gates open at 8 p.m. with multiple onsite activations available to enjoy prior to kickoff at 9:15 p.m. Attendees will receive a limited-edition “Clash For The Continent” poster. Free tickets can be claimed at 

Crew away supporters section tickets remain available. Fans interested in acquiring tickets in the Columbus Crew Away Supporters section can email for more information.

As the 2023 MLS Cup Champions, the Crew earned a bye in Round One and Houston Dynamo FC in the Round of 16. The Crew’s first match was away on Wednesday, March 6 (0-1 W), which was the second time that the Crew faced off against an MLS opponent in Concacaf Champions Cup play (Real Salt Lake in 2011 CONCACAF Champions’ League). The win also marked the first win for the Black & Gold against an MLS opponent in competition history. The second leg was played on Tuesday, March 12 (1-1 T), which was the first Concacaf Champions Cup game played at Field.

The Crew advanced to the Quarterfinals to take on Tigres UANL of Liga MX. In the first leg of the series, the Crew earned a 1-1 result at Field. The Crew earned a 1-1 (4-3) penalty shootout win against Tigres UANL in the second leg at the Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, becoming the first MLS team to advance to the next round of the tournament when facing a Liga MX club after hosting and not winning the first leg of the series.  Columbus also became the first MLS club to claim a penalty shootout victory against a LIGA MX side in Mexico during competitive play.

The Black & Gold advanced to the Concacaf Champions Cup Semifinals for the first time in Club history, facing off against C.F. Monterrey. The Crew won the first leg 2-1 on April 24 at Field. The Crew advanced to the Concacaf Champions Cup final following a 3-1 victory (5-2 aggregate) in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup Semifinal against C.F. Monterrey on Wednesday, May 1 at Estadio BBVA. 

With the 5-2 aggregate victory against C.F. Monterrey in the Concacaf Champions Cup Semifinals, the Crew became the first MLS side to eliminate two Liga MX clubs in two-leg series without sustaining a defeat in Mexico. The Club is also the only the second MLS side to advance to the Final after defeating a Liga MX club in the Semifinals since 2008-2009. Entering the series, C.F. Monterrey had not lost a knockout round in the Concacaf Champions Cup since the Semifinals in 2005, when they fell to Deportivo Saprissa on penalties.

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