Seven seasons after Columbus Crew SC debuted, the Black and Gold scored their then-biggest trophy. Facing newly crowned MLS Cup champions the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2002 final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Columbus rode a 1-0 win to hoisting 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 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!