Columbus Crew v Los Angeles FC: MLS Cup final 2023 – live | MLSthedigitalchaps


It’s a generation gap at MLS Cup this year.

Columbus is one of the original MLS clubs, and not long ago, they were thought to be part of the league’s history rather than its future. The Crew were set to depart to Austin. They did, sort of – in one of those “only in MLS” moments, Columbus owner Anthony Precourt was allowed to move his ownership rights to Austin, but Columbus still had a club.

What have they done since then? Well, they won MLS Cup 2020, for one thing.

LAFC is part of MLS 2.0 or 3.0 or whatever version started in the late 2010s. They already have two Supporters Shields and last year’s MLS Cup.

So if you like underdog stories, you’re all about the Crew here. If you like seeing stars shine, it’s LAFC. Either way, this is a compelling final. Let’s watch …

Beau will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s Graham Ruthven’s lookahead to today’s final.