How to watch and stream
- Saturday, Dec. 2 | 6 pm ET/3 pm PT
- 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 Lower.com Field, a 3-0 rout that was among the most impressive displays of the regular season.
- 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.
- Round One: 2-1 series win vs. Atlanta United
- Conference Semifinal: 2-0 win at Orlando City SC
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.