- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 24, 2008
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- Chad Marshall, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, MLS Cup, MLS Cup 2008, MLS Cup Playoffs, Sigi Schmid
It was no mystery to how the Columbus Crew won the 2008 MLS Cup. The 17 wins in the regular season were no fluke. This club was just that damn good. From the offense of MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Aljeandro Moreno to the defense of MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall and MLS veteran Frankie Hedjuk.
The 2008 regular season champs and post season champs are the Columbus Crew. Pretty crazy stuff if you ask me but in all honesty the best club won the season and the Cup. Just as it should work in any sport. The best team won.
It wasn’t always easy for the Crew but as I’ve said all year long, they were the toughest team to beat. Tough teams typically win titles because no one can close them out when it counts. Kansas City couldn’t do it in the opening round, Chicago couldn’t in the conference championship and New York definitely couldn’t do it in the MLS Cup.
It didn’t take much for the Crew either. For the first 20 to 25 minutes of the game the Crew weren’t at their best yesterday. New York handled the pressure of the Cup and nearly took advantage of it. But one inch became a mile for the Crew as Moreno put home the game’s first goal.
After that it was pretty much all Columbus.
Sure New York got on the board for a few seconds. But it didn’t take long for the Crew to do what they do best, score on set pieces with Marshall and Schelotto.
New York would pressure but Columbus and their defense won the title. The defense stepped up and then the offense took it over from there.
Why did it all happen? Well when you have the Coach of the Year in Sigi Schmid you should be able to put games away with defense like that. Schmid got a couple years to put this club together and it paid off. It didn’t hurt that they got Schelotto for so cheap either.
Oh yeah and with the win Schmid made a little history of his own. He became the first coach to lead two clubs to MLS Cups. Not a bad way to cap off a year, not bad indeed.
So your champs this year are the Crew. Not the Dynamo, or the Galaxy, or the Quakes, or even United. It’s the Crew. Congrats to them for making a changing of the guard of some sorts. Sure their work is now cut out for them in the year to come but as long as Schmid, Schelotto, Moreno, Marshall and company are still there they should be fine. I won’t go into the questions surround those guys yet, its more fun to congradulate them on this win than speculate the future right now.