Ghanaian defender Jonathan Mensah helped his MLS side Columbus Crew win their first ever continental silverware club's storied history after winning the 2021's Campeones Cup with a 2-0 victory over Cruz Azul on Wednesday night at Lower.com Field.
Jonathan Mensah's 74th-minute header sealed Columbus' victory after Lucas Zelarayan's tantalizing free kick resulted in an own goal that put the Crew in front on four minutes, dispatching their Liga MX foe.
Columbus becomes the second consecutive MLS team to win the four-year-old trophy after Atlanta United defeated Club America 3-2 in 2019.
A version between the defending MLS Cup champion and Mexico's defending Campeon de Campeones winner was not contested in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cruz Azul dominated play as they had 74% of possession, but struggled to create consistent chances. Their best stretch came in the opening minutes of the second half, when Jonathan Rodriguez fired well over the crossbar on a wide-open look in 47th minute and Juan Escobar struck the right post five minutes later.
In the dying moments, the partisan Columbus crowd reminded the Mexico City-based side of other American victories over Mexican opponents in the Ohio capital, with a "dos-a-cero!" chant ringing out from the Nordecke behind the north goal.