The Cup

The Cup Podcast out now!

Prior to 2008, the Crew had missed the playoffs the three previous seasons. Yet in one year, the Black and Gold made an improbable run to the Supporter’s Shield, and then ultimately, to MLS Cup.

But winning The Cup was anything but an overnight success story. Follow J.D. Smith as he takes you behind the scenes with interviews of players, management, journalists and fans who lived through that era. Whether you are a life-long Crew fan, or brand new to soccer, this six-part podcast will give you a new perspective on one of the greatest teams in MLS history. Available every Tuesday starting January 22nd.

Episode 5 – Hollywood Ending

The Columbus Crew made it to MLS Cup. Hear the story of how the Crew hoisted their first MLS Cup, as told by those who were there. Hosted by J.D. Smith, and featuring Frankie Hejduk, Duncan Oughton, Gino Padula, Danny O’Rourke, Steve Sirk, and John Clem.

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Episode 4 – Treason

Brian McBride came back to Columbus, but he was wearing the wrong uniform. The 2008 Eastern Conference Final resulted in a monumental victory for the Black and Gold as they vanquished an old foe with familiar faces on their way to the club’s first ever MLS Cup appearance.

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Episode 3 – A New Voice

One of the most recognizable supporters groups in MLS got their start in 2008. Hear how the Nordecke was formed, and the challenges it faced, during that very first year of existence. Hosted by J.D. Smith, and featuring Duncan Oughton, Frankie Hejduk, Danny O’Rourke, Gino Padula, Mark McCullers, Steve Sirk, Patrick Guldan, Dave Stephany, John Clem, and Grant Thurmond.

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Episode 2 – Guille and the Rocket 

Columbus was putting together a solid team capable of winning, but they needed a legend to put them over the top. Hear the story of how the Crew acquired one of the biggest soccer stars in Argentina, and how the 2008 season started off with a bang. Hosted by J.D. Smith, and featuring Duncan Oughton, Gino Padula, Danny O’Rourke, Mark McCullers, Dave Stephany, Steve Sirk, and Patrick Guldan.

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EPISODE 1 – MASSIVE REBUILD

Follow the story of the how the 2008 team came together, from the heights of winning the Supporter’s Shield in 2004, to crashing out in the playoffs that same year. That loss led to a rebuild where over 70 players came and went in the span of four off-seasons. Hosted by T-Bone, and featuring Duncan Oughton, Steve Sirk, Mark McCullers, and Patrick Guldan.

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Podcasts

The Cup: Episode 6 All Good Things February 26, 2019

The 2008 Columbus Crew was a legendary team. But, that team was immediately and undeniably changed just days after the historic victory in MLS...

The Cup: Episode 5 Hollywood Ending February 19, 2019

The Columbus Crew made it to MLS Cup. Hear the story of how the Crew hoisted their first MLS Cup, as told by those...

The Cup: Episode 4 Treason February 12, 2019

Brian McBride came back to Columbus, but he was wearing the wrong uniform. The 2008 Eastern Conference Finals was a monumental victory for the...

The Cup: Episode 3 A New Voice February 5, 2019

One of the most recognizable supporters groups in MLS got their start in 2008. Hear how the Nordecke was formed, and the challenges it...

The Cup: Episode 2 Guille and the Rocket January 29, 2019

Columbus was putting together a solid team capable of winning, but they needed a legend to put them over the top. Hear the story...

The Cup: Episode 1 Massive Rebuild January 22, 2019

Follow the story of the how the 2008 team came together, from the heights of winning the Supporter’s Shield in 2004, to crashing out in the...
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