The dislike between “Hell is Real” rivals FC Cincinnati and the Columbus Crew is palpable, and it’s on display in the latest MLS Classics matchup, which also kicks off a Heineken Rivalry Week-themed week of MLS Classics matches.
This re-aired matchup will be especially enjoyable for Crew fans, since it marked their first three points over Cincy in MLS. What’s even sweeter, from a Columbus perspective, is it came in the lion’s den at Nippert Stadium.
- Where the "Hell is Real" name came from
- "Hell is Real" | Birth of a Rivalry, Chapter One
- "Hell is Real" | Birth of a Rivalry, Chapter Two
It included strong performances from US men’s national team striker Gyasi Zardes and goalkeeper Eloy Room, too. But for FC Cincy, it’s a painstaking loss that they’ll try to avenge when MLS play resumes.
As you pull up the stream, check out the “MLS Classics: Remix” version of when these Hell is Real rivals first met in MLS. Columbus center back Jonathan Mensah and Cincy left back Andrew Gutman joined that chat.
You can also get situated with the lineups below, plus the full archive of MLS Classics viewings, including some of the league's most memorable rivalry matchups from May 11–17.