Nov 21, 2023 - News

Crew hits the road for next playoff game

Columbus Crew playoff history
Data: Columbus Crew. Note: Columbus won the MLS Cup in 2008 at a neutral site. Table: Simran Parwani/Axios

The Crew heads to the Sunshine State this weekend for a chance to snap the most vexing streak in franchise history.

Kicking the news: Columbus has not won a playoff game on the road since way back in September 2002, the same month Kelly Clarkson won the first season of "American Idol."

  • In 16 away playoff matches since then, the Crew posted zero wins, five draws, and 11 losses.
  • Eight of those defeats were by a margin of just one goal.

State of play: Saturday's conference semifinals match pits Columbus against Orlando City FC at 5:30pm.

The intrigue: MLS squads have a greater "home field advantage" than teams in other pro sports.

  • Away clubs had a winning percentage of just 22.5% through mid-October of this season, ESPN reported.

Zoom in: Cucho Hernández and company definitely prefer playing in their friendly confines.

  • The Crew has only lost one of 19 matches at Field this season.

How to watch: Catch Saturday's game on Apple TV, listen on FM radio stations 97.1 The Fan/La Mega 103.1, or snag free tickets to the watch party outside Field.

What we're watching: If Columbus and FC Cincinnati win their respective matches this Saturday, the two Ohio teams will meet for a conference final showdown.


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