Can Wilfried Nancy’s genius help Columbus Crew win MLS 2024?

Can Columbus Crew and Wilfried Nancy win a second back-to-back MLS title in 2024? This is the question most MLS fans are having after the Crew’s sensational display last season.

At the beginning of the 2023 Major League Soccer campaign, no one really gave the Crew much of a chance of knocking in-form LAFC off their pedestal. Coach Cherundolo’s players seemed on the right track to a second league title, as Denis Bouanga and his colleagues were crushing one opponent after the other.

However, it was coach Wilfried Nancy’s genius that led Columbus Crew to a long-anticipated title. Prior to the 2023 success, Columbus Crew were victorious in 2008 and 2020. So, can Wilfried Nancy’s genius help Columbus Crew win another MLS title? Let’s find out what the pros and cons are.

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Can Wilfried Nancy and Columbus Crew win MLS 2024?

Wilfried Nancy’s contribution in 2023

If you paid attention during the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign and Columbus Crew’s performance in particular, you probably already know that the Crew had too many issues to ever be up to par with the rest of the clubs. The attacking returns were scarce, the defense had more holes than Swiss cheese, and overall, the lack of charisma and spirit shown by the players was concerning, especially in the home games at Field.

What Wilfried Nancy did for Columbus Crew in 2023 was immense. After missing out on the final series in 2022, Columbus Crew’s men in charge did the best possible move – hiring Wilfried Nancy. The 46-year-old coach changed Columbus Crew from top to bottom.

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Wilfried Nancy’s genius helped Columbus Crew lift the MLS Cup in 2023. Sure, Columbus Crew were still conceding goals a bit too frequently for our liking, but the way that the team was operating in the attack was simply scary.

In the 2022 campaign, Columbus Crew scored 46 goals. Under Nancy’s management in 2023, the Crew bagged 67 in the regular part of the campaign alone! That’s 21 goals more than the previous season, and we are sure that Wilfried Nancy and Columbus Crew will do their best to replicate that display during the 2024 Major League Soccer campaign.

Can Wilfried Nancy and Columbus Crew go all the way again in MLS?

One of coach Nancy’s key decisions last season was signing chief goalscorer Cucho Hernandez. The former Watford star bagged 21 goals and supplied teammates with eight valuable assists in just 33 league games for the Crew.

According to recent MLS transfer rumors, we have AC Milan’s club legend Olivier Giroud linked with a possible move to Field. Should this happen, Columbus Crew’s attacking trident will be able to compete with the almighty Luis Suarez – Lionel Messi duo in the Herons’ attack.

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This would negate Inter Miami’s advantage and would once again make Columbus Crew the favorites to win the MLS Cup. At the time of writing, the most reputable bookmakers around give the Herons the edge to win the 2024 MLS. However, Columbus Crew’s chances make them the third most likely to-win club this year.

So, can Wilfried Nancy’s genius help Columbus Crew win the 2024 MLS title? The sheer fact that no one considers the Crew as the key favorite to win is a positive on its own. Nancy’s players will take the underdog role and will enjoy some pressure-free games this season, granting them a solid chance of proving the bookies wrong.

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Zack is a longtime football fan, writer, and bettor. He also has experience playing and coaching the game of football at a local level. His interest in the MLS, Liga MX and the Canadian Premier League adds a new dimension to the content we have at FootballWhispers.