Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

May 31, 2024 9:08 pm

Cucho Hernandez, Crew prepare for Champions Cup final at Pachuca

cucho hernandez

The Columbus Crew welcome the return of star forward Cucho Hernandez when they travel to Mexico play CF Pachuca in the final of the CONCACAF Champions Cup on Saturday.

Hernandez, the 2023 MLS Cup MVP, missed the past three league matches due to a sore back while the Crew rolled off road victories in each. He has four goals and an assist in nine MLS matches and two goals in five Champions Cup appearances.

“The idea is he’s going to be available. He wants to have a good game and we want that also,” Crew coach Wilfried Nancy said. “We are all happy that he’s back and hopefully he’s going to be able to have a good performance.”

Saturday’s winner qualifies for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup next summer in the United States. The 32-team field includes renowned clubs such Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

The Crew can use all the help it can get to defeat Pachuca, which has won all five of their previous finals of the Champions Cup (the former Champions League) in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2017.

Columbus seeks to become the second MLS team in the modern era to win the Champions Cup (Seattle Sounders, 2022). Since 2011, Real Salt Lake, CF Montreal, Toronto FC and Los Angeles FC lost in the finals when it was aggregate goals over two matches.

D.C. United (1998) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2000) won previous versions of the tournament.

“I think it’s a good moment for the team,” said Crew forward Diego Rossi, who has three goals in six Champions Cup appearances this season. “Obviously it’s a different competition, but I think the team is good, working hard. For me, it’s the most important thing to go and have a great game there in the final.”

The match will be played at Estadio Hidalgo, which sits 7,979 feet above sea level. Crew players were given altitude tents for home use and trained with elevation training masks.

“We’re just trying to get as acclimated as we can,” Crew captain Darlington Nagbe said. “Every little bit helps. At the end of the day, though, altitude is altitude. It’s two good teams playing against each other.”

–Field Level Media

You may also like

Ryan Gauld
Jun 21, 2024 10:31 pm

Timbers ride wave of momentum into match with Whitecaps

The Portland Timbers will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six matches on Saturday when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps. In the Timbers’ 2-1 midweek victory over the San…

petar musa sounders
Jun 21, 2024 10:30 pm

Petar Musa, FC Dallas meet Sounders, seek first road win

Unbeaten under interim coach Peter Luccin, FC Dallas will set out for their first road victory of the season when they visit the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Dallas is 0-6-3…

Peru, Chile, copa
Jun 21, 2024 10:19 pm

Peru, Chile play to scoreless draw in Copa America opener

Chile and Peru missed a chance to take a big step toward Copa America quarterfinal qualification on Friday night, playing to a dour 0-0 draw in their Group A opener…

More Soccer News

Ryan Gauld
Jun 21, 2024 10:31 pm

Timbers ride wave of momentum into match with Whitecaps

The Portland Timbers will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six matches on Saturday when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps. In the Timbers’ 2-1 midweek victory over the San…

petar musa sounders
Jun 21, 2024 10:30 pm

Petar Musa, FC Dallas meet Sounders, seek first road win

Peru, Chile, copa
Jun 21, 2024 10:19 pm

Peru, Chile play to scoreless draw in Copa America opener

Andres Gomez
Jun 21, 2024 9:22 pm

Sizzling Real Salt Lake face test in LA Galaxy

olivera earthquakes
Jun 21, 2024 9:20 pm

LAFC look to even score against lowly Earthquakes

Read all
fb-post
advertisment
title-icon

Upcoming events

See all odds