The Black and Gold staple for the heat of soccer season coming in hot just for you—because you remember when, seven seasons after Columbus Crew SC debuted, the Black and Gold scored the oldest soccer tournament trophy in the U.S.
Following an MLS season where the Crew SC advanced to the playoff semifinals, Columbus entered the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open not ready to head to the offseason. The Crew SC swept aside the Richmond Kickers, Metro Stars and formidable Kansas City Wizards to advance to the final where they found themselves up against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the team that just four days prior had won the MLS Cup. Drawing on homefield advantage, your Columbus Crew SC scored their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Trophy with a 1-0 victory. Glory to Columbus!