FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew: How to watch, stream Eastern Conference Final


Where will MLS Cup presented by Audi be held on Dec. 9? That gets determined in the first-ever Audi MLS Cup Playoffs edition of the Hell is Real rivalry, when FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew clash Saturday evening in the Eastern Conference Final.

How to watch and stream



  • TQL Stadium | Cincinnati, Ohio

Supporters' Shield-winning Cincinnati, the No. 1 seed, have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs – and they've already snagged a 3-2 win over the Crew in May at TQL Stadium. However, No. 3 seed Columbus were dominant in the return leg in August at Field, a 3-0 rout that was among the most impressive displays of the regular season.

Whoever wins will welcome the Western Conference Final victor, since both clubs finished higher than LAFC and Houston Dynamo FC in the league standings.

  • Round One: 2-0 series win vs. New York Red Bulls
  • Conference Semifinal: 1-0 win vs. Philadelphia Union

After surviving their toughest test yet of the playoffs, Cincy remain in pursuit of the league's ninth-ever Supporters' Shield-MLS Cup double.

To reach this point, center back Yerson Mosquera scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Philadelphia. They also got key performances from Landon Donovan 2023 MLS MVP Luciano Acosta and left wingback Álvaro Barreal in Round One vs. the Red Bulls.

Key holding midfielder Obinna Nwobodo could return from injury in time for Saturday's Conference Final. Without the Designated Player, the Orange & Blue turned to Junior Moreno and Yuya Kubo in deep-lying midfield against the Union.

  • Round One: 2-1 series win vs. Atlanta United
  • Conference Semifinal: 2-0 win at Orlando City SC

The Crew's remarkable climb under head coach Wilfried Nancy shows no sign of letting up after Saturday's 2-0 extra-time win against 10-man Orlando.

Super-sub Christian Ramírez found the breakthrough for the league's top offense (MLS-best 67 goals scored), while Cucho Hernández iced the match in the dying moments to continue his torrid playoff form. The Colombian has 4g/1a in four postseason games.

Can Columbus get the job done in Cincinnati? They only won four games away during the regular season, but are just coming off toppling the No. 2 seed at Exploria Stadium. Another upset could very well be in the works at TQL Stadium.