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Columbus Crew blocks Philadelphia Union from Club World Cup with win over Monterrey



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The Philadelphia Union are officially out of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2025 after Columbus Crew’s win last night over Monterrey in the decisive second leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup.

The Crew beat the Liga MX giants 3-1 to win in Estadio BBVA and take the semifinal 5-2 on aggregate to advance to the final against Pachuca. Aidan Morris, Diego Rossi and Jacen Russell-Rowe all scored for the Crew in the dominating win, which put an MLS team in the Concacaf final for the third straight year.

With Monterrey out, the Union’s only remaining path to the Club World Cup was blocked.

Had Monterrey gone on to win the Champions Cup, it would’ve put the Union into the international club competition that will be hosted in the U.S. next summer.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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