Rivalry Week

Twellman's Takes: Can Columbus stay hot in Hell is Real derby?

As Rivalry Week presented by Continental Title approaches, this week's Offside with Taylor Twellman will feature deep-dive convos with top players on what it means to compete in the league's most intense derbies.

First, though, Twellman explains why Matchday 13's Hell is Real showdown between the Columbus Crew – last year's MLS Cup winners who just defeated Tigres and Monterrey to book a spot in the Concacaf Champions Cup final – and FC Cincinnati – last year's Supporters' Shield winners who trail only Inter Miami CF in the Eastern Conference – is shaping up to be one MLS' all-time derby fixtures.

Will Wilfried Nancy and Columbus' free-flowing approach continue to soar against an in-form rival hungry for 2023 MLS Cup playoffs revenge?