Recap: CF Monterrey 3, Columbus Crew SC 0

Columbus Crew SC were bounced from the 2021 Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday evening, dropping their second leg matchup 3-0 at CF Monterrey to lose their quarterfinal series 5-2 on aggregate.

The Liga MX hosts assumed a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute when forward Vincent Janssen fired a cross from the left. Columbus goalkeeper Eloy Room couldn’t control it and forward Maximiliano Meza tapped home the rebound to start Monterrey's run after they took a 2-2 Leg 1 draw back to Estadio BBVA Bancomer.

Meza then doubled Monterrey’s lead in the 26th minute, collecting a squared ball after Janssen outmuscled Columbus center back Josh Williams. The Argentine forward beat Room with a one-timed finish and sent Crew SC into halftime down 2-0.

Longtime Mexico national team defender Miguel Layun put the game out of reach in the 71st minute, drilling home a stunning free kick to the top corner. The right back stepped up from 25 yards out and left Room with no chance, giving Rayados a 3-0 lead.

Columbus, who landed one shot on target (outshot 21-6), had a couple of early looks through forward Gyasi Zardes. But their offense otherwise struggled to reach another gear with playmaker Lucas Zelarayan suspended due to yellow-card accumulation and Zardes still recovering from a shoulder injury.


  • 3' – MNT – Maximiliano Meza | WATCH
  • 26' – MNT – Maximiliano Meza | WATCH
  • 71' – MNT – Miguel Layun | WATCH

Three Things

  • BIG PICTURE: The defending MLS Cup champions allowed a heart-breaking late equalizer in Leg 1 and entered with star Lucas Zelarayan unavailable (yellow-card accumulation). That tilted Leg 2 in Monterrey’s favor and Rayados took full advantage, leaving Columbus needing to score three away goals they couldn't deliver. Crew SC breezed past Nicaraguan side Real Esteli FC in the Round of 16 (5-0 on aggregate), but this challenge required another level.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Miguel Layun’s second-half free kick reinforced Monterrey’s quality and put Leg 2 to bed. What a stunner it was, too.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: After not featuring in Leg 1, Monterrey forward Maximiliano Meza bagged a brace to send the Liga MX powerhouse on its way. Eloy Room should've done better on the first, as the Argentine international was handed an easy goal.

Next Up

  • CLB: Saturday, May 8 vs. D.C. United | 1:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)