COLUMBUS, Ohio – In just his third year as an MLS head coach, Wilfried Nancy has forged new ground.
"I’m so proud of that because there is a lot of work behind that," Nancy said in his postgame press conference at Lower.com Field. "There was a lot of courageousness behind that. But I’m not happy at the same time because it's not normal. Simple as that.
"I'm proud to represent, yes, the only Black [to win the Cup], but I'm not happy with that. This is something that has to change. And I know that MLS tries to do that. This is not only in MLS, this is everywhere."
Nancy rose to prominence as CF Montréal's head coach from 2021-22, biding his time in the youth ranks and as a first-team assistant beforehand. Columbus compensated the Canadian club last December to acquire Nancy's services and he quickly implemented his bold, front-foot style – bringing the Crew their third-ever MLS Cup.
Methodical and philosophical, Nancy's group has ended 2023 on top. First-half goals from Cucho Hernández and Yaw Yeboah created a big enough cushion to ensure Dénis Bouanga's late lifeline ended as a consolation strike.
"We started and I told the guys, impossible is an opinion," Nancy said. "Just enjoy it and we're going to grow. This is what happened and it's unbelievable."